Reading While Eating for September 29: Bright Ideas

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A model waits backstage before the Alternative Hair Show in Moscow's Kremlin, September 28, 2011

It might sound crazy, but Thursday’s links bring you ideas that are actually serious, if far-fetched.

Pastrami on Rye? America isn’t a melting pot. It’s a sandwich. Here’s why. (GOOD)

Name Game: You’ve certainly played with a Rubik’s Cube before. But have you met Mr. Rubik? See the people behind iconic brand names. (LIFE)

Cool Characters: Fonzie: The original hipster. No, seriously. Check out the storied history of hipsters on television. (Flavorwire)

Social Studies: Facebook sure looks a lot different recently. But have these tweaks changed social networking forever? (TIME)

Past Its Prime: Get with the times, fair reader. It’s the ’90s after all, or so this supercut says. (The Daily What)

Whimsical World: Balloon hats: The great equalizer. (Stuff I Stole from the Internet)