Reading While Eating for March 13: Stirring Stories

Get emotional with stories of animal friendships and inspiring words about space.

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Major Amy Gray, occupational therapist of Task Force Bronco in Afghanistan, sits next to her 43-year-old teddy bear while waiting for a flight to return home to the U.S.

Happy Customers: When tales about companies’ evil behavior seem to dominate the news, it’s refreshing to see these 11 great customer-service stories. (Mental Floss)

Teaching Ideas: Do kids really need their own TED talks? Regardless, they’re getting them. (TIME Ideas)

Black (or Rainbow) Tie: Why wear a simple, boring bowtie when you can make yours out of wine corks? Or Legos? (BuzzFeed)

Sitcom Smackdown: In the world of juicy celebrity gossip, nothing’s better than a behind-the-scenes TV feud. Check out the best of the worst in television history. (Flavorwire)

Adorable Animals: The solution to help a grieving gorilla? Give him a bunny for a new best friend. Seriously. (The Daily What)

Inspiring Words: Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson argues that defunding NASA takes a serious toll on America’s imagination. (Slate)