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 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)