Reading While Eating for June 21: Breaking Barriers

Today's must-read links for your lunch break feature barriers being broken around the world -- from laws of physics to Iranian repression.

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French President Francois Hollande climbs over a fence during a visit to Luz-Saint-Sauveur, southwestern France, June 20, 2013, after it was hit by flash floods.

Same Love. This month, the U.K. saw its first Muslim lesbian couple tie the knot. The women, who hail from Pakistan, married despite vitriolic backlash back home. (Divanee)

Hats Off. These high-society Brits wore hats that appear to defy gravity at Royal Ascot. This is one fashion statement that doesn’t need to cross the pond. (Go Fug Yourself)

Info-vine. California Senator Jared Huffman seems to be appealing across the generational gap with these infographic Vines that share stats about poverty and the national food stamp program. Next, instagram on the Hill? (The Daily What)

Progress in Tehran. In a victory for democracy, the Iranian people voted for the moderate candidate Hassan Rouhani after record-breaking turnout. Here are some stunning pictures of the election and the voters who are rallying to change their repressive nation. (

Hitting the Big Three-Oh This Year? You aren’t alone. In fact, you’re in the stellar company of the Moonwalk, the Disney Channel, the Stairmaster, and Microsoft Word. It makes you wonder how people got by before you were born. (Mental Floss)

Heart To Heart. The late, much-adored James Gandolfini confessed his three greatest fears to Zoe on an episode of Sesame Street. (Buzzfeed)