Reading While Eating For July 14: Bees and Bastille Day

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Students participate in a massive pillow fight, known as "Pillow fight for a best education," in protest against the government in Valparaiso, about 121 km (75 miles) northwest of Santiago, July 13, 2011.

Bonjour! Today’s links feature a swarm of bees in Idaho and a swarm of French people celebrating Bastille Day at the Champs-Elysées.

Célébration: Today is Bastille Day. Brush up on your knowledge of the holiday (TIME), and check out photos of this year’s celebrations (LIFE).

What’s Buzzin’? A truck crash in Idaho aggravated a swarm of 14 million bees. Sounds eerily reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. (NPR)

JELL-O: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) compared dealing with the White House on debt-ceiling negotiations to “dealing with JELL-O.” Speaking of the gelatin snack, here are 17 awesome JELL-O creations. (BuzzFeed)

Around the World: Check out this map of social network use worldwide. (Vincos Blog)

The Art of Traffic: Here’s what happens when you dump buckets of paint into a busy intersection in Berlin. (The Daily What)


Olivia B. Waxman is a TIME contributor. Find her on Twitter at @OBWax. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.