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Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Best of Jan. 2012 - Aug 2012 (Part I)

Today is my last run of "Links of Awesomeness." And rather than ending with a mediocre list of new links, I went through the archives to compile some of my favorites from this year. Enjoy the links and expect a fresh new batch from the next intern in early September.
 

On the Bro’d – a retelling of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road for bros – will be turned into a book later this year. See the remix-blog that started it all here.

Maddie the Coonhound is a crafty project where an Atlanta-based artist takes his dog across America to balance on local attractions. See the hound balance on odd objects, tourist signs, and even people. [Swiss Miss]

First grade problems… mom didn’t pack cookies, indoor recess… relive all your worst memories and perhaps even snicker a little at the latest meme to hit the internet. [Buzz Feed]

Remember the educational computer game where you and your friends would travel from Missouri to Oregon, crossing rivers and hunting animals as you struggled to survive? Here are a few life lessons derived from The Oregon Trail. [Hello Giggles]

Author Chuck Klosterman writes of his experience seeing the polarizing rock groups Creed and Nickelback perform in New York on the same night but in different venues. [Grantland]

Theology nerds and pop culture junkies rejoice! Twentieth Century theologian Reinhold Niebuhr meets pop sensation Justin Bieber in the new tumblr page Reinhold Bieber.

In Ayn Randers, a fictional Rand gives advice on parenting, relationships, and philosophy. [McSweeny’s]

Funny money: 20 great “tweaks” to the way presidents are depicted on the face of U.S. paper money. [Buzz Feed]

A new interactive poster “breweries of the United States” maps over 1,000 tasty breweries across the nation. [Pop Chart Lab]  

“Ohm Sweet Ohm” is the name of a crafty cross stitching pattern to channel your inner electrician. [Laughing Squid]

Ever wondered what your favorite celebrities would look like with a giant pair of googly eyes? Wonder no more because the creative minds at Archie McPhee have released a new Tumblr page dedicated to Celebrity Googly Eyes.

Wine stains can ruin clothes or tablecloths, but one artist is inspired by these purple stains to create some unique portraits. [Colossal]

Rather than “Lunchables,” how about “Mom Gave Up?” Or instead of “Cracker Jacks,” how about “Do you like Fun Prizes? Then get ready to be disappointed.” Here’s 20 images of what snack foods would look like if they were called by what they actually are, not by what the “label” reads. [Pleated Jeans]

A nature comic takes a look at some animals that have misleading names. [Bird and Moon]

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.

Tom Waits narrates a stunning six minute film on the world class artist John Baldessari. [NPR

With thousands of wine corks and plenty of ambition, Grand Rapids artist Scott Gundersen makes large scale portraits with an incredibly underused medium. [Colossal]

The photo series Fictitious Dishes showcases meals found in five classic novels: The Catcher in the Rye, Moby Dick, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and more. [Dinah Friend]

Pizza Brain – the world’s first pizza restaurant and museum. Listen to an interview with Brian Dwyer, the world record holder for the largest collection of pizza memorabilia. [NPR]

Animal musicians: a squirrel tickling the ivory on a baby grand piano, a lizard rocking a guitar and microphone, take a look at a photo collage of 15 animals that have started their own bands. [BuzzFeed]

Famous album covers recreated with socks. [The Sock Covers]

Four sisters gather to recreate family photos taken in their youth. In this collection of pictures they fully act out their former roles, in similar outfits and locations. [My Modern Metropolis]

See Part II HERE.

Joshua Witchger is a former online assistant at Sojourners.

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