Reading While Eating for June 5: Fireworks

In today's must-read links for your lunch break: Graduation speakers, Miss USA and the science of tall buildings.

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Why Does the Miss USA Pageant Needs a Talent Segment? For these fairly silly non-reasons, of course. (BuzzFeed)

27 Pearls of Wisdom from 2012’s Commencement Speakers: Every spring, eminent people say inspiring things that are promptly forgotten by July. These graduation speakers did it a little differently. (Mental Floss)

Getting Your Money’s Worth: Comedian Mark Malkoff tried to see if he could watch 252 movies in a month on his $7.99 ‘unlimited’ Netflix membership. Here’s what happened. (The Daily

Good Vibrations: The Beach Boys are back — again. Do big rock bands ever really retire? (

I Know that Parking Lot: See the real places where John Hughes classics like Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off were shot. (Flavorwire)

How Tall Can We Build? Michael Stevens of VSauce asks (and answers) a pretty good question: how tall will humankind’s tallest buildings get? (The Daily