Reading While Eating for Oct. 4: The Morning After

Who won last night's presidential debate? We say Big Bird.

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Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama wave on stage for the first 2012 U.S. presidential debate in Denver October 3, 2012.

After the Debate: Last night millions of Americans tuned in to watch the presidential candidates debate each other, and to paraphrase David Letterman, it’s a shame President Obama couldn’t be there. The commander-in-chief seemed distant and stiff, even with the sound off, and pretty much ceded the field to Mitt Romney. If Obama couldn’t vigorously defend his last four years, asks TIME’s Michael Grunfeld, why should we give him another four? (

Unleash the Tweets! Two good things that came out of last night’s debate? Parody Twitter accounts for Big Bird and the silent Jim Lehrer. (BuzzFeed)

And Then There’s This: What would it look like if Romney and Obama switched hair? Now you know. Tough to call a winner here. (The Daily

We’ve Always Wondered: Why are people who cross picket lines called “scabs”? (Mental Floss)

Halloween Is Coming: And Flavorwire’s done the shopping for you on 10 great DIY pop culture costumes. (Flavorwire)

It’s All About the Chair: Facebook hit 1 billion users this week, and celebrated with this ad campaign about chairs. Or something. Inevitably, it’s spawned a parody Twitter account. (Forbes)

Animal Break. Whew, that was a lot of politics today. Let’s take a moment to regroup and watch these animals confused by their own reflections. (The Daily