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 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)