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Lunchtime Links: Gov. Perry's “Merry Christmas” Bill, NSA Tracking Location Data on Billions of Mobile Phones, 5 Key Findings From Harvard's New Research On Millennials, Is Lorde the new Nirvana? + More




1. Wild Flag Split Up "U.S. supergroup Wild Flag have called it a day, according to drummer Janet Weiss." (Fact Mag)

2. Benedict Cumberbatch Recites R. Kelly Lyrics Like a Sex Genius "There's only one person in the world capable of making the lyrics to R. Kelly's shag songs even sexier, and that's Benedict Cumberbatch." (Gawker)

3. PHOTOS: A Sea of Clouds Fills the Grand Canyon "Weather conditions in Arizona's Grand Canyon last week gave rise to a rare phenomenon called total cloud inversion." (The Atlantic)

4. Is Lorde the new Nirvana? "Like Nirvana in 1991, Lorde brought forth something that had been incubating for a long while on the indie scene. Nirvana broke in the wake of a decade of indie bands blending punk and more melodic rock." (NPR)

5. What Does It Even Mean to Be a 'Needy' Girl? "Who is 'That Girl' anyway? Is she a sketchy drunk? An insecure mess? An attention whore? One thing is clear, the phrase That Girl is a stigma-laden expression. Whatever you're doing as That Girl, rest assured, you're doing it wrong. But a therapist who listens to women fret about being That Girl thinks maybe That Girl doesn't really exist, or if she does, she's just fine." (Jezebel)

6. Leak: NSA Tracking Location Data on Billions of Mobile Phones "Latest Snowden revelation finds spy agency monitoring people's real-world movements." (The Progressive)

7. 5 Key Findings From Harvard's New Research On Millennials "Harvard’s Institute of Politics has released a fall poll from its Survey of Young Americans’ Attitudes toward Politics and Public Service, and it offers an interesting window into the millennial take on government at this particular moment (or rather the moment of October 31 to November 11, when the survey was conducted)." (PolicyMic)

8. Hate Actually "With its cast of international superstars, 135-minute running time, nine interconnecting subplots, and ostentatious tagline “The Ultimate Romantic Comedy,” Richard Curtis’ Love Actually seems to have made its way into the pantheon of Christmas classics by sheer force alone. It’s a glossy, big-budget film with borderline-detestable examinations of love and romance containing perhaps three genuine moments that seem to be of our own universe, but Love Actually is one terrible Christmas movie that has strong-armed its way into the hearts of millions (including my own) despite being absolutely terrible. And this is why." (The Hairpin)

9. Guy Asks Internet for Help Finding Girl Who Asked Him to Find Her "A man in search of the ultimate meet-cute story has taken to Facebook in the hopes of finding a woman he met last New Year's Eve after they both got lost." (Gawker)

10. THROWBACK: Texas Gov. Perry Signs “Merry Christmas” Bill "Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed House Bill 308, which removes any legal risks of saying “Merry Christmas” in Texas public schools." (CBS DFW)


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