Reading While Eating for August 26: Art and Science

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People are seen in a pool at the Palatinus outdoor spa in Budapest, August 24, 2011. Temperatures reached 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) in Hungary

Friday’s links talk weather, style and painting to get you through the last day of the week.

Weather Menace: El Niño is blamed for a rash of weather problems. But does it cause civil wars, too? (Ecocentric)

In-Flight Fail: A folk singer says he was removed from a United Airlines flight for reading a book about historical airplanes. (The Daily What)

Style-Lacking Leaders: Sure, they may wield tons of power, but that doesn’t mean they have taste. Take a look at what dictators consider “classy.” (LIFE)

As If: Need style inspiration, Muammar Gaddafi? You could do worse than watching this supercut of every outfit Alicia Silverstone’s character wore in Clueless. (Vulture)

Fading Finales: Spoiler alert? Who cares! See 10 movies we keep watching, despite knowing how they end. (Flavorwire)

The Art of Music: Take Jackson Pollock’s paint splattering, add modern audio technology, and you get this speaker-fueled art. (Gizmodo)