The Common Good

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: April 16, 2012

Garth and Kat (SNL’s only improvised sketch) sings into spring with a few new tunes. [Huffington Post]

A six percent tax on tattoos and body piercings in Arkansas? Ten percent tax on a deck of playing cards in Alabama? As tax day approaches, take a look as some of the nation’s most bizarre tax policies. [Time]

A foodie from the Travel Channel gives a sneak peak at an upcoming episode in which he has lunch at a Kansas City BBQ with The Black Keys. [Travel Channel]

Creepy sea predators you’ve probably never seen in real life, but which are living deep in the belly of our waters. View the ghostly X-rays of real-life sea monsters. [Environmental Graffiti]

House pets meet plush versions of themselves in this collection of cute photos. See if you can distinguish which one is the real animal. [Buzz Feed]

Take the quiz: Does this quote come from Irish novelist James Joyce or surrealist rapper Kool Keith? [Hudson Hongo]

Mitt Romney may host Saturday Night Live later this season. According to the New York Times, executive producer Lorne Michaels has extended an invitation to the GOP frontrunner, which would be the first time a political figure has hosted since Donald Trump in 2004. [Huffington Post]

New York’s international auto show is happening this week, which includes an appearance from a flying car.  [Wired]

Why do old books smell? Allow the seller of AbeBooks to walk through the details of paper, ink, and aging. [Explore]


Joshua Witchger is an online assistant at Sojourners.

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