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Morning Cup of Links: the Santa Brand

Tim LaFollette is battling ALS (Lou Gehring's Disease), a disease that took the life of his mother and grandmother. One powerful episode of his web series recaps his first year living with the diagnosis.
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The Santa Brand Book. Everything by the book, to fulfill the promise of the concept and to maximize profits, the Santa way. (via Metafilter)
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Should solitary confinement be considered a form of torture? Studies show that long-term isolation leads to some severe psychological damage.
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The 30 Most Important Cats Of 2010 . They didn't save the world, but they kept us entertained through the year.
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The Gifford Children's Chorus performs A Christmas Trololo, in honor of one of the year's biggest internet memes. Bonus: Extraneous weird details are thrown in for good measure. (via The Daily What)
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The Top Ten Prison Gangs. These descriptions will reinforce how prison is a place you never ever want to enter. (via Dangerous Minds)
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Bizarre But Clever Christmas Decorations. All I want for Christmas is a sleigh pulled by eight tiny flamingos that light up!

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