Reading While Eating for December 15: Look, Up in the Sky

With fireworks and airplane stunts, Thursday's links are on the up and up.

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U.S. Air Force Major Stacie Shafran carries her luggage to a loading paddock while waiting for her departure from Iraq at the former U.S. Sather Air Base near Baghdad, Iraq December 14, 2011.

Today’s Big Story: The war in Iraq has officially come to an end. Here’s what you need to know. (The Daily What)

Perry’s Pandering: Can a viral campaign ad really help a candidate’s chances of winning? The effect is usually negligible. (GOOD)

Trophy Theory: When calculating Meryl Streep’s chances of Oscar gold, all you have to do is consult the Firth Theorem. (TIME Entertainment)

Happy Studying: Hogwarts has nothing on these gorgeous, real-life college libraries. (Flavorwire)

Flying High: These photos of breathtaking airline stunts might make getting a pilot’s license your New Year’s resolution. (LIFE)

Abroad View: This infographic explains why study abroad is worth the investment. (Lifehacker)

Watch This: Daytime fireworks: They’re real, and they’re spectacular. (Viral Viral Videos)