Reading While Eating for January 7: Banks, Barbs and Ballet

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Members of the Edo Firemanship Preservation Association perform atop bamboo ladders during a New Year demonstration by the fire brigade in Tokyo January 6, 2011.

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It’s Friday. Celebrate the week’s end with Bidenisms and Elvis wannabes.

Social Cemetery: What happens to your social media life when you die? Do we need to reevaluate the ‘will’ concept in the digital age? (New York Times)

Modern Money: In today’s global economy, the poor get poorer while the rich get richer — and more powerful. And today’s super-rich aren’t concerned with the countries that made them. (The Atlantic)

Oscar Odds: Many film fans are betting Natalie Portman will snag an Academy Award for her role in Black Swan. But is she too overexposed to win? (Deadline)

Funny Feed: Have you noticed your Twitter feed getting wittier with time? Through the past year, users have shifted from talking about current events to simply trading barbs. (Advertising Age)

Tough Tears: House Speaker John Boehner isn’t the only politician to shed a tear every now and then. See which other pols break down and act — gasp — like normal human beings. (LIFE)

Together Again: Speaking of tears, get ready to shed a few when you watch Ted Williams, the homeless man with the “golden radio voice,” reunite with his mother after 20 years. (The Daily What)

Elsewhere on TIME.com: Elvis impersonators don’t just live in America. Check out photos of the European Elvis Championships.

Must See: Vice President Joe Biden is just like your dad: well-meaning, but embarrassing, and repeating the same advice over and over. (via Videogum)