Wednesday’s links are elderly, salacious and inspirational.
Probing Profile: What makes Glenn Beck tick? Mark Leibovich takes an in-depth look at the FOX News commentator in this week’s New York Times Sunday Magazine. (NYT)
Sordid Saturation: Is the era of the sex scandal over? Many recently vilified politicians are now on the comeback trail. (The Daily Beast)
Eerie Inventions: Segway company owner Jimi Heselden isn’t the only person to be killed by his or her own device. Check out 9 others whose creations led to their demise. (The Atlantic)
The Bear Truth: One documentarian tells Nightline that most nature films twist the truth too far. Are the scenes really staged? (ABC)
Grab the Kleenex: Dan Savage has started the It Gets Better Project, where people can submit videos encouraging gay teens. The result: sad, yet uplifting, stories. (BuzzFeed)
Manly Music: Sometimes, stereotypes can be true. Internet radio service Last.fm plotted out music preferences by age and gender, and you guessed it: women like “girly” artists, and men like “manly” ones. (Last.fm)
Country Central: The Grand Ole Opry was damaged by massive floods in Nashville. It reopened this week to great fanfare. (LIFE)
Deceitful Dirt: How accurate is your typical celebrity tabloid? Shocker: really, really inaccurate. (Gawker)
Spot-On Spoof: Take two lines of dialogue, film them in 11 different film styles, and you get a great mid-day laugh. Warning: some salty language. (TheDailyWh.at)
Elsewhere on TIME.com: It’s Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi’s 74th birthday. Check out the Top 10 Old Leaders.
Must-See: If Mark Zuckerberg had control over the new Facebook movie, it might look a little something like this. (via Mashable)