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. Batkid saves San Francisco. Like many 5-year-old boys, Miles Scott likes to pretend he is Batman. But thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Miles actually got to live out his fantasy. About 12,000 volunteers helped transform San Francisco into Gotham City, and Miles, who is in remission from leukemia, saved the day.
2. Twins haven't realized they are no longer in the womb. These guys are competing for most adorable tiny humans ever with a slow-jam bath/cuddle fest. We will be greatly disappointed if they do not grow up to be best friends.
3. Cards Against Humanity presents 12 Days of Holiday Bullshit. The "party game for horrible people" is rolling out an unconventionally awesome holiday promotion. Send Cards Against Humanity $12 (and your Christmas wish list) and they will send a dozen presents to you in return. After a media sneak peek, a reporter at Wired described the gifts as "rad as hell." There were 100,000 slots when the campaign launched November 12. They've all since been claimed.
4. Russian subways now accept exercise for payment. Tired of shelling out cash to ride public transportation? Now you can get a different kind of tired in exchange for a subway ticket in Russia. As part of efforts to ramp up excitement for the 2014 Summer Olympics in Sochi, subway stations in Moscow feature machines that trade 30 squats for a train pass.
5. Eastern and Western attitudes about life explained in 18 drawings. For those who've been lucky enough to travel the world and be baffled by cultural misunderstandings first-hand, this series of infographics will bring you back to your sojourns. If you haven't globe-trotted lately, the drawings offer great insight into the basic differences between continents.
6. Jon Stewart plays 'Racist or Not Racist" with Key and Peele. Daily Show host Jon Stewart pokes fun at the media for clinging to the question "Is this racist?" when reporting on a number of recent controversies. Stewart's panel discussion covers such mind-boggling situations as wearing a KKK Halloween outfit or pretending to be black to win an election. The skit hits its stride when Keegan-Micheal Key and Jordan Peele enter the discussion.