Reading While Eating for October 19: Sumo Wrestlers and A Cappella Singers

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Policeman cordon off a crowd of believers dressed in purple during carry the procession of Peru's most revered Catholic religious icon, the "Lord of Miracles," in central Lima October 18, 2010. The procession, which draws the largest gathering of believers on the continent, can be traced to the colonial era in which an Angolan slave drew the image of a black Jesus Christ on the walls of a hut in the plantation of Pachacamila, near Lima.

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It’s Tuesday, the grumpiest day of the week. Cheer up by reading about crazy candidates and Kanye West.

Female Force: On the rise in Japan: women’s sumo wrestling. Yep, it’s actually happening. (New York Times)

Meter Markers: Parking meters — nobody likes them, but they’re a part of daily life. Who thought of them in the first place — and how can we make them better? (Slate)

Pro-Life Programs: On Mad Men, Joan Harris enters an abortion clinic but decides to go through with her pregnancy. She’s typical for TV characters. Why are abortions so rare in pop culture? (The Atlantic)

Revenge of the Nerds: The new cool kids on college campuses? A capella singers. No, really. (Washington Post)

Banned in the USA: Kanye West isn’t the only artist to have content (maybe) rejected from Wal-Mart. Check out who else clashed with the mega-retailer. (The Daily Beast)

Best Candidate Ever: Meet Jimmy McMillan, who is running for New York governor under the “Rent is 2 Damn High Party.” He also has the best facial hair NewsFeed has ever seen. (

Sexy Serenade: Marilyn Monroe’s birthday tribute to President Kennedy is legendary – but you’ve never seen it at these angles. (LIFE)

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Must-See: Add some pretty to your Tuesday with video from the Annual Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (via The World’s Best Ever)

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