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Reading material for 02/06/12:

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Some reading material from around the internet:

A brief history of the Super Bowl coin toss.

The history of Fritos.

The science of football.

Football physics: the anatomy of a hit.

NASA releases some new and incredibly beautiful pictures of the Earth.

The best and worst of this year’s Super Bowl ads.

Second teacher at L.A. school accused of “lewd acts” against pupils.

Many singles are looking for love, not marriage.

Where did dragons come from?

via The Art of Google Books.

Some Super Bowl ads were ending up online before the game to create a buzz.

How Apple’s “1984” television ad was almost canceled.

The iphone 5 may be coming out this summer.

You should only pay so much attention to your community.

Tumblr makes itself the news.

Your YouTube activity and your online searches will now be linked, thanks to Google’s new privacy policy.

South Korean man arrested for retweeting North Korea.

Hacker collective Anonymous eavesdropped on an anti-Anonymous strategy phone call between the FBI and Scotland Yard.

Why the clean tech boom went bust.

Are high tech classrooms better classrooms?

Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto: Why Facebook exists.

Michelle Obama and Nelson Mandela reading together, from here.

Van Gogh found himself at home in nature.

The saddest movie in the world?

Adam Lambert is the new lead singer for Queen.

Jane Levy replaces Lily Collins in the Evil Dead reboot.

DC Comics is going forward with their long threatened prequels of Alan Moore’s Watchmen.

R.I.P. Ben Gazzara.

Loving/hating Philip Glass.

And below, Brian Cox teaches Hamlet to a small child:

Michelangelo writes a letter to his father.

Béla Tarr: Cinema’s ultra dark unknown genius.

An interview with David Cronenberg.

GZA the Genius and David Kaiser.

A new commercial directed by Sophia Coppola.

Soul Train creator/host Don Cornelius found dead of apparent suicide.

Second Mona Lisa may have been painted at the same time as the original.

They’re still trying to make a third Bridget Jones movie.

The stars of Downton Abbey, both on screen and off.

via Awesome People Reading and Retrogasm.

How I learned to stop worrying and write The Marriage Plot,” by Jeffrey Eugenides.

The top 10 books lost to time.

A nice guide to literary tumblrs.

Science fiction futures ruled by the popular kids.

Five essential books on football history.

The seven types of book lovers.

Why are so many literary writers shifting into genre?

Judging books by their covers: The US vs. the UK.

Viggo Mortensen reading Tolkien, from here.

Houston millionaire adopts his girlfriend.

Path is found for the spread of Alzheimer’s.

UNC-Charlotte gets its own SWAT team.

Iran’s giant cardboard cut out of the Ayatollah.

10 famous people who turned down a Knighthood.

Obesity epidemic strikes U.S. pets (too)

How to be the bearer of bad news.

Chicken wing cupcakes.

Isolated Peruvian tribe makes uncomfortable contact.

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01/30/12.

12/27/11.

12/19/11.

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Some reading material from around the internet:

John Titor, the man who told the internet that he had come from the future.

An archivist explains how to access veteran’s records.

The food we eat might control our genes.

The secret of Madame Tussaud’s success.

The strategies of a preschool teacher.

The 20 best video games of 2011.

Prince Phillip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth, is in the hospital with heart problems.

Where celebrities fall in the Uncanny Valley.

On Wikipedia, cultural patrimony, and historiography.

FX is developing a 1980s spy drama.

Kermit The Frog is a terrible boyfriend.

HBO canceling Bored To Death, Hung, and How To Make It In America, and is renewing Enlightened.

When it comes to the new Mission: Impossible movie, how tall is everyone?

Roger Ebert’s top films of 2011.

Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO show finally has a name: The Newsroom.

The 8 minute trailer for David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Steve Jobs to be awarded a posthumous Grammy.

The golden age of divorced women on TV.

from here.

The new datacenters and their architects.

NASA builds six-foot crossbow to harpoon comets.

The retreat of the Arctic sea releases deadly greenhouse gas.

Girl thought to be swept away by tsunami is found alive 7 years later.

Putting scientists on Mars in permanent colonies.

Urban legends about urban development.

Look at these amazing pictures from space.

The most common place on Earth for meteorites to crash? Antarctica.

National security expert warns of Asian space race.

The case for enhancing people.

by Tom Gauld, from here.

Watch a nice little video clip about the Dalkey Archive Press.

What literature owes the Bible.

Classic novels reinvented with genderswitching.

A review of Stephen King’s 11/22/63.

The secret history of secondhand books.

Jane Austen and Emily Dickinson were both born in the month of December.

How much do books cost these days?

Ridiculous origins for 7 everyday words.

James Ellroy hates everything.

from here.

The physics of how cats drink.

The number of homeless children is currently the highest ever in American history.

The year in political cartoons.

Make sense of the Middle Ages.

Ten plotlines you’ll find over and over again in science fiction.

A very nice looking fake house.

Are you the only one?