Reading While Eating for August 1: Raps and Raptures

Today's links feature an enrapturing actress and a kooky rap

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Leona, 7, poses inside a labyrinth installation made up of 250,000 books titled "aMAZEme" by Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo at the Royal Festival Hall in central London, July 31, 2012

Reading Rainbow: This typewriter types colors instead of letters. (Colossal)

Ratatouille: During an exhibition on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, an artist served meals made out of rats. (New York Times)

The Blonde Bombshell: Check out these LIFE photos of Marilyn Monroe on the set of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) in honor of the 50th anniversary of her death. (

A Dangerous Act: Experimental theater grows in an unlikely place: Uzbekistan. (Washington Times)

Self-Help of the Day: It’s hard enough to find “the one.” Don’t blow your chances by bringing up one of these awful movies on a date. (Flavorwire)

Galactic Goodies: Hey, Star Wars fans: here’s how you make a Han Solo chocolate cookie. (Boing Boing)

Hairy Dos: Don’t let architects near your hair.  Sorry if you just wanted bangs. (BuzzFeed)

Streaking 101: 7 colleges with organized streaking groups. (mental_floss)

Zip-Up: London Mayor Boris Johnson gets stuck on a zip wire in London’s Victoria Park.  And no, this is not political satire. (Telegraph)

A Weighty Tool: Find out which Olympian you resemble based on body type. (BBC)

Joy to the World: Watch this uber-eager Olympic worker get everyone revved about London 2012.  Don’t watch this if you are grumpy and pre-coffee. (itv)

Kid Rock: Your babies could become the next Boss if you play Rockabye Baby’s classic rock lullabies for them. (The Daily What)

Ridiculous Rap: Here’s your South Korean rap fix for the day. (The Daily What)