Reading While Eating for January 13: The Happiest Roundup on Earth

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An employee packages replicas of the British royal engagement ring at a jewelery factory in Yiwu, Zhejiang province January 12, 2011. Chinese manufacturers are cashing in on the British royal wedding craze as they churn out tens of thousands of replica royal engagement rings for the world.


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 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)