Reading While Eating For July 19: Bring the Funk

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A child lies on a piece of 3D pavement artwork featuring a shark as she poses for a photograph for her family inside a shopping mall in Fuzhou, Fujian province, July 17, 2011

Today’s links feature some funky inventions and some funky turns of phrase.

Livin’ on a Prayer: Learn more about a special mass for motorcyclists that takes place every year in New Jersey. (TIME)

Come Fly With Me: OUT: Magic Carpets. IN: a $1.6-million magnetic bed that floats in the air. (Dornob)

Skater House: That floating bed might work well in this Malibu mansion, which is being designed for a professional skateboarder. (Archinect)

College Slang 101: Parents and incoming freshmen can learn all of the collegiate colloquialisms in an online dictionary of college lingo. (Her Campus)

#InventionFails: Would you ever put illuminated tires on your car or bathe in a portable sauna? See the sketchiest inventions of the 20th century. (LIFE)

News Junkies: Here’s a time-lapse of the front page of the New York Times’ website. (The Daily What)

Olivia B. Waxman is a TIME contributor. Find her on Twitter at @OBWax. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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