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Snacktime Links: You Can Now Visit Middle Earth on Google Maps, ‘Wrecking Ball’ on Chatroulette is a Thing of Beauty, Inside the World of Competitive Laughing, 12-Year-Old Mexican Girl Is Touted as 'Next Steve Jobs' + More




1. Twenty Huge Trends That Will Dominate America's Future "The 2013 list includes two new geographic centers of the American economy, evolving patterns of relationships, robots, and the changing energy landscape." (Business Insider)

2. NBA Usher vs. Little Kid: 'Dance Cam' Battle for the Ages "What we have here is an epic, adorable and downright impressive dance-off between a Pistons usher and a young child in the stands. Their moves defy description, so we won't even try here, but you're strongly advised to check out the YouTube video (things heat up around the 25-second mark)." (Mashable)

3. Aaron Paul a.k.a. "Jesse Pinkman" Trolls His Friend "Jesse from Breaking Bad came up with a brilliant plan how to make his friend his "bitch." (EBaumsWorld)

4. You Can Now Visit Middle Earth on Google Maps, If You're Into That Sort of Thing "Now, thanks to a joint Google/Warner Bros. promotion for the forthcoming Hobbit sequel, The Desolation of Smaug, you can do both together. Which is to say: you can now visit Middle Earth on Google Maps, a sentence that J.R.R. Tolkien quite certainly never imagined being uttered in 1937." (The Wire)

5. VIDEO: ‘Wrecking Ball’ on Chatroulette "YouTube maestro Steve Kardynal has combined the two in a video simply called “Wrecking Ball (Chatroulette Version)” that manages to make each of these cultural maelstroms kind of charming. Take one last look and wave before they both disappear from the pop culture zeitgeist and get relegated to the realm of VH-1 commentators." (death + taxes)

6. Inside the World of Competitive Laughing "Sam Riches went to the Canadian competitive laughing championship. He met a 103-year-old man, a one-eyed person named Eyeborg, and a bunch of people trying to elevate the pursuit of joy into a sport." (Pacific Standard)

7. Sky Ferreira owns the night in her new video for "Night Time, My Time" "For the second single and title track, "Night Time, My Time," Grant Singer takes Ferreira to “Criminal” territory. The little girl lost embraces the title she’s been deemed by dressing up in provocatively infantile accessories and a selection of store-bought wigs." (V Magazine)

8. This Brilliant 12-Year-Old Mexican Girl Is Touted as 'Next Steve Jobs' "Meet 12-year-old Paloma Noyola Bueno. She goes to José Urbina López Primary School in Matamoros, Mexico. She's being touted as "the face of Mexico's unleashed potential." (Jezebel)

9. Where Do the Most Racist and Homophobic People In America Live? Check This Map "Ever wonder which parts of America are the most hateful? The map junkies over at Floating Sheep have mapped where the most racist and homophobic people live in the United States." (PolicyMic)

10. 11 Ways the Drug War Raises Your Taxes and Shrinks Your Profits "One public policy with profound impacts on business and the economy is rarely evaluated: drug prohibition policy." (Alternet)


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