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Caffeinated Links: Grand Central Station House Installation, Whole Foods’ Mock “Healthy” Food, Emma Approved

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This is amazing. Target builds life-size house installation in Grand Central Station to promote its Threshold home decor. RT

The Onion delivers as always. “Noting with evident resentment how he just breezes through life, local sources told reporters Monday that Howard Preston, 33, seemingly coasts by solely on his good looks, tireless work ethic, and extensive real estate law expertise.” RT

The Daily Beast on the minor difference between pseudo science and pseudo religion, and Whole Foods’ lack of verified food science. “Well, no—there isn’t really much difference, if the promulgation of pseudoscience in the public sphere is, strictly speaking, the only issue at play. By the total lack of outrage over Whole Foods’ existence, and by the total saturation of outrage over the Creation Museum, it’s clear that strict scientific accuracy in the public sphere isn’t quite as important to many of us as we might believe. Just ask all those scientists in the aisles of my local Whole Foods.” RT

The latest episode of Emma Approved, the webseries loosely based on Austen’s Emma, is unusually adorable. RT

A recurring character arc has been announced for Doctor Who, with Samuel Anderson playing a teacher at Clara’s school who gets sucked up in TARDIS business. RT

Caffeinated Links: The Civil Wars’ New EP, Black British Accent Sketch, Sleep Research

Before their split The Civil Wars recorded an EP of Elliott Smith tunes to commemorate his passing, and you can now listen to it on NPR prior to its Itunes release on the 11th. RT

Unreality’s Nick Verbook has an on-point reflection on piracy and supporting the art and pop culture we love-

Capitalism is the closest thing we have to true democracy. We vote with our money. If a little video game or indie flick made by an innovative artist comes out and can’t get any financial traction, they go away, possibly never to resurface.

This is why I still buy DVD’s, video games, CD’s, and books. I think of it as donating to the cause. Whenever I can, I try to support the cause. But is particularly taxing for a comic book reader and anime fanatic like myself. Comics are a few bucks an issue and anime series are typically released in pricy box sets. And here I am turning my pockets inside out to find only lint.

Comics in particular have been an issue for me. There are a ton of them out there and it’s nigh impossible to keep up, much less acquaint oneself the classics without devoting yourself entirely to it. This is the medium where I lean on file sharing the most, and feel the worst for doing it. It’s an industry I support as much as I can, but to read an entire run of a comic series is a triple digit investment at least.” RT

Fascinating. An experiment with the human body’s natural sleep patterns. “In a hypothetical future world where Bad Kissingen succeeds in letting all of its citizens and visitors live out their chronotypes, the societal benefits would be huge. The town as a whole would be more creative, happier, and more alert. Social interaction would improve, as would the population’s ability to problem-solve. Chronically tired people often struggle with obesity, immune suppression, and mental illness, so the town’s overall health—both mental and physical—would improve.” RT

It’s Going to Snow for the Next Four Days

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All the Videos You Need to Watch Today

Behind the Scenes of the Mega Huge Game Day Ad Newcastle Almost Made:The BEST of Anna Kendrick – and she’s already quirky and hilarious in everything.

With all the perfectly on-spot, over-the-top humor we’ve come to associate with OldSpice, Jaguar this time revs it up with Britishisms, one-liners, and fast cars and planes.

And of course, The Fault in Our Stars trailer. This John Green story is so much more bitingly funny and achingly raw and um, funny than any Nicholas Sparks story, but if the mainstream turns out to see it, it will be for the acting because this looks like a Sparks film.

Caffeinated Links: Literary Dating Profiles, Needle Free Vaccines, Radio Play

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Ever-awesome Buzzfeed has a genuinely hilarious post on if famous literary icons had dating profiles. Toni Morrison, Emily Dickinson, J.K. Rowling and more. RT 

The Shiznit redid all the year’s top movie posters with increased accuracy. 12 Years a Slave is now White Guilt: The Movie. RT

This seems very much needed -a needle-free vaccine patch that’s safer and way cheaper, as explained by a TED video RT

Radio stations are apparently phasing out new music altogether in a bid to stay alive, and it’s impacting artists –

“Veteran radio promoter Richard Palmese said he tells programmers they should spin a new song at least 150 times during peak listening hours—basically rush hours—before they draw any conclusions about whether fans like it or not, since many songs take time to grow on people.

But that can be a hard sell. When Mr. Palmese first asked Top-40 stations to play The Lumineers’ acoustic-guitar-driven single “Ho Hey” in 2012, for example, many responded incredulously, making jokes along the lines of: “What are you giving me, a Peter, Paul and Mary record?” RT 

Pride and Prejudice Pulp Fiction

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Celebrities Edited Into Classic Paintings

Somewhere between the bizarre and the bizarrely appropriate lies this series of modern celebrities edited into classic paintings.

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See the rest here

Hilarious Response to Amazon’s Drones

Yesterday, Amazon.com announced that it is developing pilotless flying vehicles called “octocopters” that can deliver packages within a half hour of customers placing an order. See the full WSJ article here and Amazon’s video overview.

Below, however, is a video response from UK company Waterstones.

“We’re excited to announce the Ornithological Waterstones Landing Service, a brand new way to receive your favourite books,” said Waterstones, trying hard not to snigger.

“O.W.L.S. consists of a fleet of specially trained owls that, either working individually or as an adorable team, will be able to deliver your package within thirty minutes of you placing your order.”

The Onion Reviews The Hunger Games

I know this is a satire (and it is spot-on) but it’s also…true. “Josh Hutcherson is cute…but he’s not hot.”

Caffeinated Links: Jhumpa Lahiri, Sherlock Returns, Captain America the Winter Soldier Teaser

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Gorgeous. Thomas Beller writes about watching his daughter discover (and undiscover) books in The New Yorker – “A moment later, I tossed her Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet.” I walked out of the room to make breakfast, and glanced back to see her examining the cover. When I returned, she was outside, looking for worms, wearing a shirt of mine to keep warm. I watched as she bent down to inspect the earth. She stood up to remove the shirt and, with the impeccable logic of childhood, gently spread it over the moist, muddy ground and stood on it to keep her feet dry.” – RT

Jhumpa Lahiri in the NYT on perfect sentences – “I remember reading a sentence by Joyce, in the short story “Araby.” It appears toward the beginning. “The cold air stung us and we played till our bodies glowed.” I have never forgotten it. This seems to me as perfect as a sentence can be. It is measured, unguarded, direct and transcendent, all at once. It is full of movement, of imagery. It distills a precise mood. It radiates with meaning and yet its sensibility is discreet.” RT

Hilarious. Dalia Lithwick of Slate decides to wear Axe for an entire week. “Sunshine. Harps. It was the most sublimely powerful fragrance experience of my adult life. Truly. After decades of smelling like a flower or a fruit, for the first time ever, I smelled like teen boy spirit. I smelled the way an adolescent male smells when he feels that everything good in the universe is about to be delivered to him, possibly by girls in angel wings.” RT

Sherlock returns!! “Sherlock, Season 3″ — Sundays, January 19-February 2, 2014, 10:00 p.m. ET — Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, The Office UK) return as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson in three new 90-minute episodes – “The Empty Hearse” (January 19), “The Sign of Three” (January 26) and “His Last Vow” (February 2) – of the contemporary reinvention of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, written and created by Steven Moffat (Dr. Who) and Mark Gatiss (Game of Thrones). – via PBS

And finally, Captain America: The Winter Soldier Teaser!

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