1. Beyoncé is directing and executive-producing an HBO documentary about Beyoncé. [Beyoncé's Facebook]

2, 3, 4. Today in bizarre hoaxes: Google did not spend $400 million on acquiring ICOA, the State Department is (maybe) not sending Andrew W.K. to Bahrain, and your status updates don't change Facebook's terms and conditions. [MashableBrokelyn, Betabeat]

5. The cost of all the items in "Twelve Days of Christmas" is $107,300. [USA Today, pear tree image via WikiCommons]

6. Future classics of 1936: Sinclair Lewis and Willa Cather endure, but have you read James Truslow Adams or James Branch Cabell? [Paleofuture]

7. Hear Fleetwood covers by Liars and Yeasayer from MOJO's Rumours issue. [Mad Mackerel, via Stereogum]

8. Prince's new "Rock and Roll Love Affair" combines the synth stabs of "1999" with the vocal phrasings of Bob Dylan's "Simple Twist of Fate." [Spin]