Reading While Eating for September 1: Good Things, Small Packages

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A dancer in body paint waits for his performance during festivities marking the start of the annual harvest festival of "Onam" in the southern Indian city of Kochi August 31, 2011. The ten-day-long festival is celebrated annually in India's southern coastal state of Kerala to symbolize the return of King Mahabali to meet his beloved subjects.

Thursday’s links talk tiny backpacks, tiny changes and tiny trains. But it’s all big fun.

Girly Men: Talk about a silly hazing ritual. In Major League Baseball, many rookie relief pitchers are forced to wear adorable girls’ backpacks — yup, like those Dora the Explorer ones. (New York Times)

Things They Carry: Annoyed you can’t get that big-screen TV? See families around the world posing with their possessions to get some perspective. (Flavorwire)

Revising History: George Lucas is making controversial changes for the Star Wars trilogy’s Blu-Ray editions. At this point, does he still have the right to change a classic? (Tuned In)

Toy Train: The world’s shortest train is smaller than your average sedan. (The Daily What)

Vintage Shots: Take a moving look at American life in the 1940s from renowned photographer Gordon Parks. (LIFE)

Fashion Focus: In a promotion for a U.K. shopping center, two dancers display 100 years of fashion in 100 seconds. Try not to smile while watching. (The Hairpin)