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Dallas Cowboy Cole Beasley throws down monster dunks and more links we love

Dallas Cowboy throws down monster dunks and more links we love

Editor's note: There's so much that's beautiful, funny, smart and informative on the Internet. Problem is, there's also a bunch of garbage. Here's the best of the web right now.

1. Google Maps unveils Diagon Alley. Harry Potter fans everywhere rejoiced at the news that Google had finally mapped the mysterious and magical Diagon Alley. Muggles can explore every nook and cranny of the crooked street with the click of their mouse. 

2. Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Cole Beasely has the windmill dunk down. This 5-foot-8-inch kid has serious ups. Let's just hope he's equally as impressive on the football field this season. 

3. Who will be our first fake Latina president? NPR's Code Switch ponders the hypothetical question in a most amusing manner. James Earl Jones, Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock were all in the box office Oval Office before Barack Obama became the first black president. NPR wonders who Hollywood will cast to break through the next cultural barrier.

4. What is your state good at and what is it lame at? Maps, glorious maps. Upworthy examines what each state does well in this most colorful and informative geographic visual aid. Texas gets props for its use of wind power but conversely is called out for its massive CO2 emissions. Win some, you lose some, eh?

5. You may touch a stranger. Photographer Richard Renaldi fancies himself a matchmaker. As the New York Times' Lens Blog reports, Renaldi is making art by convincing perfect strangers to get up close and personal with each other. 

Dallas Cowboy player Cole Beasley
Cole Beasley is making headlines for his basketball skills. Photo courtesy of Midwest Sports Fans
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Harry Potter fans can now explore Diagon Alley. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Company