Reading While Eating for November 17: Young and Old

Thursday's links talk miniature pageant girls and old-fashioned books.

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U.S. soldiers stand around a fire during an overall security and disruption insurgency mission in Wardak province, eastern Afghanistan

Smile Pretty: A writer gets his own dose of Toddlers in Tiaras by judging a child beauty pageant. (The Daily)

In Jeopardy: Take an in-depth look at how the U.S. postal service fell apart. (TIME)

New York Minute: According to the Manhattan street grid, I grew up on South 21,3100th Street. Map the world according to New York standards with this site. (Boing Boing)

In Real Life: What’s popular on the Internet doesn’t always equate to being popular in the offline world. Take the TV show Community as a prime example. (GOOD)

Classic Covers: These old-school covers of LIFE magazine are gorgeous, but the most striking detail is that they used to sell for 10 cents. (LIFE)

First Draft: Speaking of covers, see the first covers of books that ended up becoming classic literary works. (Flavorwire)

Talk About Struggle: Does your grandfather talk about walking uphill in the snow to school? These students have to walk 125 miles up a mountain to get to school. (The Daily What)

Viral Video: The new James Bond movie should just ditch Javier Bardem and cast this little girl as villain. (BuzzFeed)

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