Reading While Eating for July 5: Pandas and Particles

Today's links feature great Hollywood directors who have lost their bearings and panda bears at their finest.

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A model presents a creation by French designer Franck Sorbier as part of his Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2012/2013 fashion show in Paris, July 4, 2012.

“Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”Today in history, French designer Louis Réard introduced the bikini to the world in 1946. Check out LIFE’s photo gallery about the swimsuit and its various incarnations. (

And…cut: Why haven’t we seen many standout films by Francis Ford Coppola, Rob Reiner or Tim Burton recently? Flavorwire looks back at 10 “once-great directors.”  (Flavorwire)

The End: A new edition of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms will include drafts of the story and alternate endings, such as this downer: “…You will die, and I will die, and that is all I can promise you.”  (New York Times)

Mass media: What does the Higgs boson particle think about the TomKat divorce? Satirist Andy Borowitz finds out. (Borowitz Report)

What’s in a name? Did you know that Nevada is the Spanish word for “snowfall”? See how other states got their names. (Mental Floss)

Roller coasters aren’t the scary part: A zombie theme park will open in Detroit. (BuzzFeed)

Bird’s-eye view: an aerial view of fireworks. (The Daily What)

Bear with us: Life would be so much easier if we were baby pandas. (Huffington Post)