The Common Good

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 11, 2012

John Hodgman reads the first chapter of Rob Reid’s new book Year Zero, in which aliens adore earthlings’ music and maneuver through copyright violations and piracy laws to license all of humanity’s music. [NPR]

What does your state resemble in this quirky map, United Shapes of America? [XKCD]

If you’ve ever thought one famous person looks like an exact fuse between two other famous people, you’ll rejoice in seeing the new tumblr page FACEMATH.

The Golden Girls sitcom receives a new spoof with super heroes in “Super Golden Friends.” [Tastefully Offensive]

Rising R&B musician Frank Ocean is attracting wide attention from all over the internet, not only for coming out online last week, but also for a strong debut album of genre-defying songs that groove well and counter homophobia. (And take a look at his Late Night performance.) [NPR Music]

Cookie Monster sings a popular parody of sharing cookies!

It turns out that a clam eating salt is much creepier than you may imagine. [Kottke]

This week, a Swedish advertising company sought to combat the silence around Europe’s last surviving dictatorship, Belarus. So, they pulled a dangerous stunt by dropping over 1,000 parachuting teddy bears with tags reading, “We support the Belarusian struggle for free speech.” [GOOD]

If you’re still looking for a good book to read this summer, Grant Snider recommends some classics in his latest comic “Required Summer Reading.” [Incidental Comics]

Joshua Witchger is an online assistant at Sojourners.

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