Reading While Eating for Oct. 9: Ruffled Feathers

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A protester dressed as Big Bird stands outside of the amphitheater where Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts's Gov. Mitt Romney prepares to speak during a campaign rally in Apopka Fla. on Saturday, October. 6, 2012.

Big Bird Strikes Back: So, the Obama campaign released a snarky ad attacking Mitt Romney for attacking Big Bird. Now, Sesame Workshop is demanding Obama’s folks take down the ad ASAP. Advantage: muppet. (YouTube)

The Realpolitik of Big Bird: Here’s why Sesame Street might actually be pretty important to U.S. foreign policy. (

Lady Gaga Visited Julian Assange: We have no idea what these two would have talked about. (BuzzFeed)

A Leap into History: While we wait for Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking 23-mile skydive, watch video of the original 19-mile plummet, set by USAF Col. Joseph Kittinger in 1962. (The Atlantic)

Back to the Future: Here’s what your favorite pundits looked like in the 1980s. (You have a favorite pundit, right?) (BuzzFeed)

Welcome to Washington: Following a court order, the city is forced to put up a series of anti-Muslim ads in the D.C. metro system. (WAMU)

Are You Ready for a Peanuts Feature Film? Yes. (New York Magazine)

Myth. Busted. The Mythbusters team goes after James Cameron’s Titanic and proves that Jack and Rose could totally have both shared that raft and survived. (The Daily

Boss of the Year: David Siegel — a.k.a. the guy from that Queen of Versailles reality show — may have just threatened to fire all his employees if Obama is reelected. (Gawker)

I Wouldn’t Put That There if I Were You. Nine things people did with radium before we learned not to. (Mental Floss)

I See What You Did There. As a promo for the coming film Seven Psychopaths, here’s Seven Psychocats. Uh… (The Daily