Map shows every state and country that is within a Texas-length distance of Texas

April 4, 2014 | No comments

Texas is 790 miles long. The red on this map represents the area that is within 790 miles of Texas. That is to say, if you are within this red zone, you are closer to somewhere in Texas than other parts of Texas are…

Map Showing a Texas-width Distance from Texas1

(via Reddit)

Here is the most interesting place in your state — True or false?

March 27, 2014 | 18 comments

This map features every state in the U.S. labeled by its most interesting place to visit according to the internet. Results were found by the very simple process of Googling each state and seeing what was listed by Wikipedia as the top “point of interest.”

So what do you think? Is it correct?

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Most interesting thing in your state - Version 2

How not to be a barbarian when eating in different countries around the world [7 pics]

March 26, 2014 | 1 comment

You may think you know how to behave yourself in order to seem like a polite person while you eat…but it totally depends on where in the world you are. What may seem sophisticated in the U.S. might be utterly boorish in Japan.

To prepare you for your next cross-cultural culinary tour, here are some quirks of dinnertime etiquette from several countries around the world…

Dining Etiquette Around the World - 06

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Jon Stewart takes down Fox News for their ridiculous speculations about the Malaysian Airlines flight

March 26, 2014 | 3 comments

As a part of the constant competition for viewers and ratings, Fox News has been trying to out-speculate CNN regarding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and the result has been less than classy at times. We’ll let Jon Stewart explain in this bit from The Daily Show…

Want to know how many counties away from the ocean you are? There’s a map for that.

March 19, 2014 | 1 comment

Some pieces of information are all the more fascinating for how utterly useless they are. Here’s a perfect example.

Out of work and sick for a week, Redditor qtipvesto occupied himself by filling in a United States map by county, using a different color for each “row” of counties as he moved inland. The result shows how many counties away from the Atlantic or Pacific each county in the lower 48 is.

Odds are you’ll need to zoom in a bit to find your county, so here’s a much larger version.

Map of Counties distance from the Ocean

Water finally flows down dry river bed, turning desert cliff into waterfall for the first time in years

March 18, 2014 | No comments

The River Zin cuts through the Negev Desert in southern Israel. But unlike most rivers, the Zin rarely has any water in it. The only time it flows is when enough rain falls in the mountains miles away to cause a flash flood. This flood then flows along the usually bone-dry river bed.

Watch as, after years of drought, locals — including one bold dog — eagerly await the coming waters…

(via Examiner)

New mom asks what kind of life her baby with Down Syndrome will have, gets a surprising response

March 18, 2014 | 5 comments

When a pregnant woman learned the baby she was carrying had Down syndrome, she emailed Italian Down syndrome advocacy group CoorDown, asking what life was like for a child with the genetic disorder. Her email said,

I’m expecting a baby. I’ve discovered he has Down syndrome. I’m scared: what kind of life will my child have?

She knew there would be challenges ahead and wanted to prepare, but she couldn’t have imagined the response the organization assembled from 15 people around the world…

The real reason the Irish didn’t bother Jay-Z and Beyonce when they visited Ireland

March 17, 2014 | 1 comment

In Ireland recently, Jay-Z and Beyonce went to a park with their daughter and, for them, a very odd thing happened — they had a peaceful time with no one harassing them.

Beyonce and husband Jay Z, carrying daughter Blue Ivy, enjoy family time at the Phoenix Park Visitors Centre's playground in Dublin Featuring: Beyonce,Jay Z,Blue Ivy Carter Where: Dublin, Ireland When: 10 Mar 2014 Credit: ****Not available for publication in Irish Tabloids, Irish magazines and Irish Websites****

Soon after, TMZ put out an obnoxious video saying it was because the Irish wouldn’t know who the two superstars were until 15 years from now. But these two guys want you to know the real reason no one bothered the celebrities…

Iconic buildings and monuments zoomed out to show surrounding landscapes [20 pictures]

March 17, 2014 | No comments

When we picture a famous building or monument in our minds like the pyramids or Mount Rushmore, we generally envision a close-up image. So it is intriguing to see photos of these sorts of places from further away that show the surrounding landscape and give context to these iconic locations…

The Great Pyramids of Giza

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Devoted father walks 20 miles a day carrying his son to the only school that will take him [7 pics]

March 11, 2014 | 2 comments

Yu Xukang is a single father in China’s Sichuan province. He has taken care of his son alone since the boy was three. This would be impressive enough in a normal situation, but in addition to the difficulties of single parenthood, Yu’s son is disabled with a hunch in his back and twisted arms and legs.

Despite his physical disabilities, the 12-year-old’s mind is as sharp as anyone’s, and yet he couldn’t get a place in school. Yu explains,

I know that my son is physically disabled but there is nothing wrong with his mind. However, I couldn’t find any school here with the facilities to accept him and he was constantly rejected. In fact the only place where I could get a place for him was at the Fengxi Primary School in Fengyi township in Yibin county in Sichuan province — which is a five-mile walk away.

Man carries his disabled son 10 miles every day - 01 Man carries his disabled son 10 miles every day - 02

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