Reading While Eating for December 8: An Education

Thursday's links talk stupid news and college kids.

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Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. celebrates winning the women's World Cup Super G in Beaver Creek, Colorado, December 7, 2011.

A Modest Proposal: Would roads be safer — and even greener — without red lights? (GOOD)

Not-So-Serious Journalism: And the dumbest news story of 2011 is… (Slate)

Celebrity Guest: Actress and all-around muse Tilda Swinton writes about being a photographer’s inspiration. (Lightbox)

Harry, Meet Sally: Can men and women really be just friends? College students weighed in, and men and women didn’t quite agree. (The Daily What)

Flustered Films: From Drive‘s “misleading” trailer to an Oscar-host shakeup, take a look at the year’s top movie controversies. (Flavorwire)

War Effort: These propaganda posters from World War II are nothing if not extreme. Could we fall for something like this today? (LIFE)

Supercut of the Day: Watch a montage of movie characters yelling, “Sit down and shut up!” (Viral Viral Videos)