Reading While Eating for July 11: The Social Network

Today's links prove that there's a Big Brother watching every move you make on social networks (cue "Every Breath You Take" by The Police)

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Young male gymnasts (bottom) stretch their legs as a female gymnast jumps on a stage at a local juvenile sports school in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, July 10, 2012.

Big Gulp: 7-11 means free Slurpee day at 7-Eleven, in honor of the chain’s 85th birthday. Go out, and get one. We’ll be here waiting. (

Get Out the (Facebook) Vote: Republicans use eBay, Democrats use Instagram. Here’s what your social network of choice reveals about voting patterns. (BuzzFeed)

#EatPrayDrink: Tweets about beer and church visualized by U.S. county. (io9)

Soda vs. Pop: Twitter mentions of soft drink names from coast to coast. (Flowing Data)

What’s In a Name: Little Orphan Annie was originally named Otto before Harold Gray’s publisher decided the character looked more like a girl.  Here are 17 classic literary characters who were almost named something else. (Mental Floss)

What’s In a Can: Did you know that there are 13 varieties of Spam, and its biggest consumer is the Pacific island of Guam? Read more fun facts about the classic canned meat. (

Lift Off: Watch all 135 space shuttle launches at once. (Laughing Squid)

All Clammed Up: Ever seen a live clam before? Watch this one try to escape from a pile of salt. It burns…it burns… (The Daily What)