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Today in 10: Oct. 2, 2012

     

One Direction

Surprise, surprise: the most popular tweet of all time, so far, is about these guys. Photo by Brett Robson – Global Photographics, via Wikimedia Commons.

PERSON

A new video shows Austin Tice, an American journalist being held by Islamists in Syria, still alive:

QUOTE

"If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”

- President Obama, in 2009, promising to change the economy during his first term of presidency. It's one of the top 10 quotes that Republicans are using against Obama in this election.

IMAGE

Does your name predict who you will vote for? See how your name correlates to voting trends:

(Hat tip: Political Fiber)

NUMBER

4,844 - The number of votes Michelle Obama received for her White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, edging out Ann Romney by only 287 votes in Family Circle's presidential cookie competition.

HEADLINE

"MacArthur 'genius' grants: $500,000 each to the best among us" - in The Los Angeles Times.

WORD

Fiscal cliff, a term for the event that would raise taxes for most Americans if Congress and the White House don't agree to alter automatic tax rate changes.

CONTROVERSY

Is it OK to call out a public figure for being overweight? A TV news anchor in Wisconsin received a message from a viewer chiding her for her weight - and she called him out for being a bully. Oh yeah, and hundreds of viewers posted Facebook messages supporting her, too. Do you agree with her that the viewer is acting like a cruel bully? Or is she fair game because she's on TV?

VIDEO

A Hong Kong ferry celebration ended in the deaths of dozens when the boat crashed:

TWEET

Here are top three most popular tweets of all time:

CAUSE

Business for charity. Learn about how businesses have tried to help charities and consider contributing to those causes yourself.

Bonus: NEWS YOU CAN USE

Lots of people tell you to follow your passion. But consider this: stop thinking about it so much, and your passion just might follow you.

Image used under Creative Commons licensing.

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Susannah Griffee

Susannah is an NYU student from Memphis who has interned at USA Today College, Games.com, The New Yorker, The New York Times, NBC, and Vogue, as well as in the U.S. House of Representatives. Follow: @susannahgriffee.

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