Reading While Eating for July 30: The Artist

Today's links feature the unlikely art of tagging birds and the unlikely story behind a famous artwork.

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People throw coloured powder in the air during Holi festival celebrations in Berlin, July 29, 2012. Holi, also known as the festival of colours, is a festival celebrated in India and other Hindu countries that in its original form heralds the beginning of spring. The Berlin event brought Indian Djs, acrobatics and dance to the German capital.

It’s a Trap: This slideshow of birds trapped in nets was created by a photographer who followed scientists as they tagged birds. (

Gothic to Goth: Most people know Grant Wood’s iconic painting American Gothic, but they don’t know how his life went to pieces after he finished the masterpiece. (mental_floss)

Awe-Inspiring Architecture: A roundup of the most breathtaking Olympic stadiums. (Flavorwire)

Designer Waffles: This Louis Vuitton waffle maker makes any lumberjack breakfast a luxury. (The Daily What)

I Am The Walrus: Spend your lunch break cooing at this baby walrus. (BuzzFeed)

Parents Flipping Out: What’s more fun than watching the Olympics?  Watching U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman’s parents watch the Olympics. (Gawker)