Reading While Eating for July 17: Melons and Melodies

Today's links feature superheroes, super-melons, and super catchy songs by man and dog alike.

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A performer from the National Youth Theatre waits for a rehearsal to begin in the Olympic Athletes Village at the Olympic Park in Stratford, the location of the London 2012 Olympic Games, in east London, July 16, 2012

Artistic mews: If you get excited every time you see a cute animal in a major work of art, then you’ll love this slideshow of cats in art history. (Flavorwire) Related: our nominations for the Internet Cat Video Film Festival in Minneapolis. (

Wear the rainbow: Someone took the time to organize Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel’s jackets by color. (Can this person do the same with my closet?) (BuzzFeed)

Salad wars: Slate cobbled together a list of reasons why the salad chain Chop’t needs to stop adding “cobb” to salad names — especially when they contain no cobb salad ingredients. (Slate)

Fruit for thought: Seedless melons are really just “frankenmelons.” (Mental Floss)

From farm to film: John Duncan, who played Robin in the 1949 Batman and Robin, talks about what it was like to produce action scenes in the 1940s. (NPR)

Show me the money: One out of every four households makes less than $25,000.  A data visualization of what Americans earn, based on 2010 Census data. (Planet money)

“Material Girl”From swastikas on a French pol’s face to crucifixions on stage, here are the 10 wildest Madonna controversies. (

It’s happening: The two most addictive songs, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” have gotten the mashup treatment and will be stuck in your head forever. (The Daily What)

Bow-wowDogs suit up to bark One Direction’s “One Thing.”