Reading While Eating for February 21: The Harlem Shake and Musical Vegetables

Are you tired of "The Harlem Shake"? Well, today's roundup of links has some bad news for you.

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People attend the PlayStation 4 launch event in New York, February 20, 2013.

Shake Off: Are you tired of “The Harlem Shake”? Too bad. The song just topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart thanks to a new rule that factors in YouTube plays. America, this is why we can’t have nice things. (Billboard)

Potty Humor: What did people use before toilet paper? You may be wondering that question now, but once you read the words “sponge on a stick,” you’ll change your mind. And you’ll never look at corncobs the same way again. (Mental Floss)

Things We Just Found Out About: You know the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game? That’s where movie fanatics show off their extensive knowledge of pointless facts and count the links between Kevin Bacon and any other actor in Hollywood. Well, Google likes to play this game, too. Search the name of any actor followed by “Kevin Bacon number” and Google will connect the dots. Try it. (LMGTFY)

Awww: If you’re skeptical about the value of listicles, put aside your doubts for just one click. This list of the 50 Most Romantic Things That Ever Happened will actually turn your Grinch heart into a force for good (and serve as a reminder that you should maybe do something nice for your wife).  (BuzzFeed)

Speaking of Google: A Canadian judge told police that Internet access must be provided to those in custody after a 19-year-old arrested for driving under the influence said he wanted to use Google to find a lawyer. Police officers, take note: You still have to read them their Miranda rights. (The Daily Wh.at)

Long Reads: Coming in at 36 pages, our special report on why medical bills are killing us is the longest story our magazine has ever published. (TIME)

Return of the Jedi: Mark Hamill, better known to the world as Luke Skywalker, is in talks to appear in the upcoming Star Wars movies. He’s 61 now, and presumably, the force is a little less strong with this one these days. (ETonline)

Smells Like Kitsch Spirit: Yesterday was the birthday of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Not only was he a hero to grunge kids of the 90s everywhere, he also was the inspiration for some weird Etsy products. Come for the Nevermind cuff links, stay for the googly-eyed Cobain magnets and the Cobain Matryoshka dolls. (Flavorwire)

Pop Trivia: Do you enjoy Lady Gaga, Gnarls Barkley and Rihanna? Then you’ll be glad to know that ex-Pussycat Dolls leader (and pop diva in her own right) Nicole Scherzinger has such horrible judgment. She reveals in a new interview that she declined the chance to record “Just Dance,” “Crazy,” and “We Found Love.” (Popjustice)

The Future of Journalism: Michael Jackson’s son is now a TV reporter for Entertainment Tonight. We’re pretty sure Prince Michael Jackson is now the best broadcaster name ever (apologies to Sam Champion and Storm Field). (TIME)

Burning Up: A Reddit user finds out there’s no federal law banning civilians from owning and operating flamethrowers. Obama is probably not thrilled about this news. (About)

Hot Beets: Finally, something useful to do with mushrooms: Musician j.viewz figured out how to create beats using only some vegetables, some wires and a keyboard. Rumor has it Kanye West will now call his next album 808s and Eggplants. (Mashable)