Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 2, 2012

By Joshua Witchger 2-02-2012

A few weeks back, Late Night puppies predicted that the New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl. This week the winning puppy, Bruce Macabee, visited Jimmy Fallon to… hear Jimmy talk about the big game. Take a look at Bruce’s visit below and click here to see the puppy predictions at the beginning of the season. [Huffington Post]   

The staple catalogue in outdoor apparel L.L. Bean is celebrating its 100 year anniversary in a fun way: by creating modern-day photos of some of their past covers and engineering a Bootmobile. [L.L. Bean Blog]  

INFORGRAPH: The Pew Research Center’s finds that 40 percent of Americans who are religiously active are more engaged in their communities than non-religious neighbors. See what the social lives of religious Americans look like sketched out. [GOOD]   

In cas you hadn't heard yet, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning. Here's a little Jonny Lang and Double Trouble performing their "Groundhog's Day" live in 2001 to get you through the long, cold next six weeks.

Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky reportedly is eyeing Gladiator Russell Crowe to play the role of Noah in his forthcoming (some say revisionist) biblical epic, Noah, about the Great Flood. [Deadline]

You don’t have to physically visit Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan to light a prayer candle, step into the future by lighting a “virtual candle.” [USA Today]

Does the hashtag #bydhttmwfi mean anything to you? Thanks to dedicated twitter fans of Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton, the online support to gain the account @ReadingRainbow was finally accomplished. But you don’t have to take my word for it. [Media Bistro]

BING! Somoene had too much time on his hands. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are all the Ned the Nudge scenes from Harold Ramis' film, Groundhog Day all in one 4:25 minute clip reel. Watch out for that first step, it's a doosie!

According to Neil Young, the late Steve Jobs was an audiophile! Despite furthering compressed digital music with the iTunes and iPods (among many others), Young tells AP that when Jobs was at home, he listened to vinyl. [CS Monitor]  

One last nod to the Pennsylvania Rodent Prognosticator of Seasonal Change: Our bloggerina Cathleen's favorite scene from the Groundhog Day movie, which, she reminds us, was named the best Buddhist film of the year in 1993.

"How do you know I'm not a god?"

Joshua Witchger is an online assistant at Sojourners. Follow hom at hail fellow well met.

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