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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Snacktime Links: Lily Allen's 'Hard Out Here' Is Scathing Pop Culture Commentary, Taxidermy Gone Wrong, New Invisibility Cloak Designed at UTA, 5 Exciting New Discoveries About Pot + More

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1. Chinese Students Hilariously Describe What They Think About Regional American Food "Tumblr user nonomella is currently teaching in China. She made a PowerPoint of her students’ reactions to “Regional/Iconic American Foods.” (Buzzfeed)

3. Lily Allen's 'Hard Out Here' Is Scathing Pop Culture Commentary "There's nothing subtle about Lily Allen's new video for her song "Hard Out Here," and that's what makes it so great. An effortlessly poppy tune that will please those who fell in love with her way back when "Smile" first came out, "Hard Out Here" has Allen referencing everything from the sexual double standard for women to the glass ceiling. It's a feminist pop anthem you can blast at parties." (Jezebel)

4. Wal-Mart's Black Friday Will Begin During Thanksgiving Dinner "Black Friday, the appropriately named day of mourning for the last vestiges of America's soul, grows ever larger. We shuddered when we heard one mall was starting at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Naturally, Wal-Mart's plans are worse." (Gawker)

5. You Won't Believe These Ridiculous Laws Until You See Them Broken In These Photographs "The critic Susan Sontag wrote that photography, like no other medium, has the power to condemn or implicate. Crime scene images evidence wrongdoings; we take photographs as proof of something illicit. In her series I Fought the Law, young photographer Olivia Locher cleverly subverts what we think of when we think of crime and bad behavior." (Bust)

6. Taxidermy done so horrible it is beautiful. (Imgur)

7. New invisibility cloak designed at UTA 'drastically reduces' visibility "A new type of “active” invisibility cloak that could operate over a broad range of frequencies has been developed by researchers at the University of Texas in Austin." (The Independent)

8. Marijuana Miracle: 5 Exciting New Discoveries About Pot "In October 2003, the federal government awarded the Department of Health and Human Services a patent titled “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants,” which states: “Cannabinoids

are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.” Some highlights from the exploding field of cannabinoid science..." (Alternet)

9.  It's Official: One World Trade Center Will Be Tallest U.S. Building "The Height Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, an expert committee of architects that serves as the final word on such things, announced the big news at a press conference this morning in Chicago. The declaration means that the Windy City's Willis Tower (formerly and still commonly known as the Sears Tower) will fall to no. 2 on the U.S. list once World Trade Center opens its doors sometime next year." (Slate)

10. ""what would i say?" automatically generates Facebook posts that sound like you!"

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