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July 3, 2013

9 Longform Stories We're Reading This Week

For the fourth year in a row, the Nathan's Fourth of July contest will be without its original superstar, who'll be attempting a hot dog-eating world record 13 miles away. Read Emily Fleischaker's profile of Takeru Kobayashi and these stories from around the web.

How To Do Birthdays On The Internet

Birthday etiquette is hard enough to navigate IRL, but the internet makes everything even weirder. Here's your guide to do online birthdays with social grace!

The Adventures Of A Cat, And A Fine Cat Too!

"It was on looking over the store of articles which I became thus unexpectedly possessed of, that I discovered a bundle of letters, written in a bold, Cat-like style. Circa 1857.

Takeru Kobayashi's Declaration Of Independence

For the fourth year in a row, the Nathan's 4th of July hot dog-eating contest was without its original superstar thanks to an ongoing, bilious contract dispute. It's hard to prove you're still the champ when you don't have any opponents, and it's hard to plan your future when your golden opportunity implodes in scandal.

Why Lesbians Love Ciara

There's so much lesbian subtext in her videos it's not even subtext anymore. Just beautiful, beautiful text.

Military's Deadline Passes In Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood and the military head for showdown as clashes continue. "If the price of preserving legitimacy is my blood, I am prepared to pay for it," President Morsi says in defiant speech.

Just How Diverse Are The New Oscar Voters?

With a group of 276 new invitees, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited more women and people of color to join the Oscar voting pool. BuzzFeed crunched the numbers.

Super Sad (Allegedly) True Insider Trading Love Story

The Securities and Exchange Commission accused a former Dow Chemical executive of leaking news of an impending merger to a high school buddy. The Commission says he found out from his live-in girlfriend with whom he had "shared a relationship of trust and confidence." When it comes to insider trading, everything good about a relationship can be bad.

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