Reading While Eating for Oct. 5: A Job is a Job

In today's must-read links for your lunch break: Are the September jobs numbers good news, bad news, or just a gigantic conspiracy?

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An assistant holds an umbrella above German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi as they listen to national anthems during a welcome ceremony before talks in Berlin, October 4, 2012.

Good Friday: The new jobs numbers are out, and the U.S. unemployment rate is back below 8%, which looks pretty good for Barack Obama. Or, maybe, not so good. Or maybe it’s all just a gigantic conspiracy. (

And Speaking of Conspiracy Theories: Did Romney use a cheat sheet stocked with zingers in his Wednesday night debate with Barack Obama? Or was it just a handkerchief? (Hint: it was a handkerchief.) (BuzzFeed)

Meanwhile, the Search for Obama’s Mojo Continues: And Andy Borowitz is on it. (New Yorker)

But Is He Single? Remember that personal injury lawyer who got a world-class smackdown on live TV for calling a Wisconsin news anchor fat? Here he is. (Jezebel)

It Is Illegal to Own an Alligator in New York City: Because some of you apparently still need reminding. (Yahoo!)

GWAR Covers Kansas’ ‘Carry On My Wayward Son’: This makes us so, so happy. (A.V. Club)

10 Reality Shows that Have Jumped the Shark: Since as far as NewsFeed can tell, TV now mostly seems to be made up of bad reality shows and George Lopez reruns, it’s time to thin the herd. (Flavorwire)

Interrobang?! Thirteen punctuation marks we should be using more often. (Mental Floss)

Best. Halloween Costume. Ever. Our ‘replacement ref’ outfit looks so pathetic now. (The Daily

J.Lo Takes Her Daughter to a Fashion Show. She’s very cute. Very bored, yes, but very cute. (Go Fug Yourself)

Meanwhile: A 29-Year-old Pakistani woman has become the first Muslim in Norway’s cabinet. (Divanee)

Please Do Not Tailgate: Or you’ll get an enraged primate in the face. (HappyPlace)

What Astronauts See at Night: Sit back, relax, and let this awesome time-lapse video from space ease you into the weekend. (YouTube)