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Morning Links for Sept. 5, 2013
A super-cute baby, a wretched death game, and casting gossip on "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Toast is dull enough. We wouldn't want your news to be dull, too. Your wake-up call comes in the form of these five must-reads: 


  • Uh-huh. Listen up, parents. According to a new study, teenagers are as adversely affected by verbal abuse from their parents (e.g., yelling, insults, cursing) as physical abuse. Says the co-author of the study: “Shouting cannot reduce or correct their problem behavior.” 


  • It’s time for your Thursday morning cute. The National Zoo in Washington D.C. has a new baby – a 2-week-old panda cub – and now, ladies and gentlemen, both the gender of the cub and the baby’s father have been revealed. You don’t care? Well, you need to click on this just to see a damn cute cub.


  • The clever people at Slate.com can tell you how you would have died 200 years ago. All you need to do is play the Wretched Fate Game. Death from diseases like pleurisy, putrid fever, consumption (tuberculosis), and iliac passion (described as a “violent” gastrointestinal disease) were commonplace. Play the game here.


  • Authorities are scratching their, uh, heads over a recent discovery in the historic city of Prague. Fifteen skulls were found in a wooden box on the street, while a 16th skull was found in a garbage bin. Strange, indeed.

  • Fans are up in arms over casting for the movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey. There's even an online petition signed by book lovers who object to the recent announcement about who will play the leads. Now, another news source is saying that there's a good reason big stars didn't attach their names to the project.




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