Reading While Eating for October 21: Smartphones and Sugar Rushes

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A man holds a placard which reads "Listen to the public's rage." French trade unions kept up their resistance on Wednesday to an unpopular pension reform due for a final vote in the Senate.

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Perk up your midday slump with Lady Gaga, South Park and a $2 million bra.

Tubby Travelers: A high volume of travelers will be hitting the roads and the skies this holiday season. But what if individual travelers are, well, high-volume themselves? (New York Times)

State of the Art: Good ideas lead to economic growth in states like California and Massachusetts. They top the list of the 20 most innovative states in America. (The Daily Beast)

Mini Munchies: Enjoying a dreary sandwich for lunch? Feel better by looking at nine miniature meals too cute to eat. (GOOD)

Double Vision: Lady Gaga, Ke$ha and Taylor Swift have all re-released special versions of their hit albums. Why are so many artists releasing the same album twice? (Vanity Fair)

Hip-Hop Hierarchy: Ever wonder how rappers get their names? This poster of the Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names might not actually help, but it sure does look cool. (Pop Chart Lab)

Dream On: South Park is late to the Inception party, but it still rips into the film, arguing, “Just because an idea is overly convoluted and complex doesn’t make it cool.” (

Bejeweled Brassiere: What does a $2 million bra look like? It’s very sparkly. has pictures. (LIFE)

Elsewhere on Apple announced a new App Store for the Mac. Have a Mac? Here’s what you should know about it.

Must-See: If all movies had smartphones, they would be much more realistic — and a whole lot shorter.

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