Reading While Eating for Oct. 15: Death Defying

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This image made from video, provided by Red Bull Stratos, shows pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria as he jumps out of the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012.

Fearless Felix: Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner safely completed his record-breaking, 24-mile freefall jump on Sunday, even though  things got a little hairy there for a while. Here’s photos and video, as well as a look at where he stands among history’s greatest stuntpeople. He’s also been immortalized in Lego. (

Must-Read of the Day, Part I: Gawker’s Adrian Chen writes a fascinating tale of how (and why) he tracked down and unmasked one of the Internet’s most powerful trolls, Reddit contributor Violentacrez — and what happened next. (Gawker)

Stop Saying That: Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg wants Mitt Romney to stop using the show’s football mantra — “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” — as an unofficial campaign slogan. (The Washington Post)

Bad Relationships: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and the 10 most twisted couples in the history of literature. (Flavorwire)

Endeavour Goes Home: The Space Shuttle Endeavour made its final voyage through the streets of Los Angeles to its final destination, the California Science Center. If you were there, we hope you were appropriately dressed. (BuzzFeed)

From the Problems We Didn’t Know Were Problems Department: The British are apparently really bad at washing their hands. (BBC)

Quote of the Day: Nobel Prize-winning economist Alvin E. Roth on his win: “I’m sure when I go to the class this morning my students will pay more attention.” (CNN)

Must-Read of the Day, Part II:  New York magazine’s John Heilemann thinks the Clintons may have just saved Barack Obama’s presidency. But what’s in it for them? (New York)

Mystery Solved: Remember that amazing giant eyeball that washed up in Florida last week? Scientists now believe it came from a swordfish. (NBC News)

Good News, Boys and Girls: You can now vote for Santa Claus as a presidential write-in candidate in Maryland. (The Washington Post)

Bad News, Journalists: Just 23% of Americans now say they read a print newspaper, down from more than 40% at the beginning of the decade. You’re all just too busy reading NewsFeed, right? Right? (Pew Research Center)

The 25 Most Powerful TV Shows of the Past 25 Years: Who’d have  thought a Belorussian ripoff of The Big Bang Theory could be so influential? (Seriously, it’s on there. Check it out.) (Mental Floss)

The Top 10 Worst Top 10 Lists: Worth it for the adorable muppets and the Nic Cage hair. (The Daily