Reading While Eating for December 1: Geezers, Soldiers and Bears, Oh My

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People ride an escalator outside a railway station in Tachikawa, western Tokyo, November 30, 2010.

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Start the month right with a fresh batch of links.

College Conundrum: High-school seniors often agonize about getting into their top university. But does it really matter where you go to college? (New York Times)

Grand Geezers: The world is obsessed with youth. But with age comes wisdom, and this 80 Over 80 list showcases very influential octogenarians. (Slate)

Military Messages: Soldiers sometimes decorate their helmets with handwritten messages. Some are inspirational, while others are stunningly pessimistic. (LIFE)

Dizzying Dish: What’s it like to eat bear meat? One writer tried it, and it’s apparently quite tasty. (The Atlantic)

Plane Great: Booking a flight home for the holidays? Check out the highest and lowest-rated airlines, as voted by 8,000 people. (Zagat)

Festive Flashes: Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for your neighbors to put up obnoxious holiday lights. To save yourself the effort, watch this compilation of 100 lit-up houses in 2 minutes. (The Daily What)

Techy Tots: They’re calling it “social media for toddlers,” and it uses blocks to signal short, Twitter-like messages. We’re surprised toddlers hadn’t been tweeting already. (Fast Company)

Elsewhere on TIME.com: Tonight marks the first night of Hanukkah. See the top 10 things you didn’t know about the Jewish holiday.

Must See: Walter C. May’s girlfriend moved across the country for graduate school. To prove his long-distance love, May recorded a video. But he won’t send it to her directly — he wants her to stumble across it herself. (via Gizmodo)

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