Reading While Eating for Jan. 4: Playing the Name Game

In today's must-read links for your lunch break: The difficulty of naming a child in Iceland and a look at the wider impact of subway deaths in New York City.

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Anori, a one-year old polar bear, plays in her enclosure at the zoo in Wuppertal January 4, 2013.

Icelandic Girl’s Name Deemed Illegal. A name that translates to “light breeze” may seem rather innocuous, but since it’s not on Iceland’s list of 1,853 pre-approved female names, a 15-year-old girl is officially known as “girl.” She and her mother are now suing the state to use her given name: Blaer Bjarkodottir. (NewsFeed)

Speaking of Iceland… Please refrain from drinking all of your duty-free liquor on a transatlantic flight, lest you end up duct-taped to your seat. (BuzzFeed)

Twelve Historical Speeches Nobody Ever Heard. The one drafted in the event of Apollo 11′s failure is especially chilling. (mental_floss)

Tragedy on the Tracks. Friends and family led a touching memorial this week to pay respects to Sunando Sen, the 46-year-old Indian immigrant who was shoved in front of a New York City subway train on December 27. (Divanee)

Shock You Just Can’t Shake. A look at how subway deaths affect train conductors long after the incidents occur. (New York Times)

Ready for Midseason TV? There’s no instance of the winter blues here. You are especially encouraged to make note of slides 6, 17 and 24. (Flavorwire)

Kim Kardashian Wears Fur. And apparently the world has run out of puns to describe her fashion sense — or lack thereof. (Go Fug Yourself)

Most Common New Year’s Resolutions. As demonstrated by cats, naturally. Never have we felt more compelled to stick with our promises. (YouTube via The Daily What)