Reading While Eating For June 29: Pandas and Padres

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children hold their family's four legged chicken in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood, June 28, 2011. The rare chicken has sparked a religious debate regarding its kosher label, which can only be determined once it is slaughtered, according to local media.

Today’s links feature individuals championing the arts in thrift stores, on the baseball diamond, atop light posts in Times Square, and more.

Takin’ It To The Streets: After MTV kicked him out for trying to promote his CDs in the building, this rapper decided to climb to the top of a light post in Times Square, threatening to jump if he did not receive a record deal. It brings back memories of the man who scaled the New York Times building in 2008. (WPIX)

Use Your Words: A young woman goes around thrift shops in Miami sewing words of wisdom onto articles of clothing. (Jezebel)

Beach Boys: Browse photos of rock stars on the beach. (LIFE)

Animalistic Art: This photo gallery explores humans’ relationships with animals on a number of levels. (TIME)

Haus of Gaga: Lady Gaga dresses up as a panda (“Gagapanda”) on a Japanese talk show. (BuzzFeed)

Pretty Pitch: Cirque du Soleil performer Gabryel Nogueira da Silva throws an elaborate first pitch at Monday night’s San Diego Padres game. (The Daily What)