Thursday’s links stay optimistic and get romantic.
Al-ternate Universe: If the Supreme Court had ruled in Al Gore’s favor in 2000, how would the past 10 years be different? Five novelists take a fictional trip through President Gore’s administration. (New York Magazine)
Self Reflection: Watch this video collection of 14 famous actors wordlessly acting. It includes James Franco kissing himself, if you’re into that sort of thing. (New York Times)
Drawn Out: With all the doom and gloom out there, why not look back on 2010 through cartoons? (The Atlantic)
Crazy Talk: Think the Birther movement is weird? That’s small potatoes compared to the 31 wildest conspiracy theories. (LIFE)
Tasty Treats: The real reason anyone travels is to try the food. So if you can’t afford to travel the globe, check out 15 sandwiches from around the world. (National Geographic)
British Invasion: Have some time to kill? Watch this musician go through 45 years of British music in a little over 9 minutes. (The Daily What)
Elsewhere on TIME.com: Read TIME’s cover story on Sarah Palin. Does she want to be President, or just rich and famous?
Must See: This mashup of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and The Police puts a new meaning to “put on the red light.” (via Urlesque)