Thursday’s links got too famous too soon.
Big-Time Burnout: Ted Williams took a lightning-fast route from obscurity to fame to rehab. Here’s why the suddenly famous crash so hard. (Slate)
Literary Lesson: Why rely on a horoscope to tell you about yourself, when you can find the best-selling book the week you were born? The top seller probably says more about the era than your personality. (Biblioz, via Hairpin)
Funny Business: For a while, communism killed irony in China. But the rise of the Internet is bringing humor back to the country. (Foreign Policy)
Home of Hate: The Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket at the funeral of the victims of the recent shooting in Tuscon. See photos from inside the hate group. (LIFE)
Charity Case: Should you take on that pro-bono assignment? This witty flowchart tells you when it’s okay to work for free. (GOOD)
Hilarious Hero: Another way it pays to be famous: you get amazing action figures crafted in your image. Check out Conan O’Brien’s superhero toy, The Flaming C. (The Daily What)
Elsewhere on TIME.com: Those critters are crafty. See the top 10 zoo escapes.
Must See: One former employee explains via animation what it’s like to work for the ‘Happiest Place on Earth.’ It involves stealth and free food. (via Boing Boing)