In Honor of the Kentucky Derby: How to Make the Best Mint Juleps

This Saturday marks the 141st running of the “greatest two minutes in sports.” Or, if you’re not into that sports stuff, one of the greatest reasons to drink of the year: The Kentucky Derby.

Besides being one of the premiere events for horseracing, the Kentucky Derby is famous for ridiculous hats, celebrities in seersucker, and its signature drink, the Mint Julep. Want to celebrate this weekend? Learn how to make this Derby mainstay and more twists on the classic Julep below.

What the Internet Thinks About—in an Interactive Infographic

What does the Internet care about? What articles do we share the most? Using the data from the Ahrefs Content Explorer, the people at Funders and Founders analyzed the most popular articles from each of the top English-language media sites in the world and created this interactive visualization. The result is a straightforward visualization of the content we care about most. 

Minimalist Visualizations of Different Drug Experiences

We all remember the classic ad from the Partnership For a Drug-Free America, which used a simple egg to visualize your brain on drugs.

But what does your brain look like on specific drugs? Designer Meaghan Li decided take a different approach.

Which NBA Teams Share the Ball More Evenly?

The 2015 NBA playoffs kicked off this last weekend (in case you didn’t notice your feeds blowing up about it). The Visual News team’s loyalties lie all over the country—from Los Angeles, to Colorado, to New York—but we all like a good game. But while basketball is all about sharing the glory, it isn’t necessarily about sharing the ball. Our good friend (and talented designer) Shane Keaney created this infographic to give us a look at how well each NBA playoff team shares the ball. Does a more even share distribution influence how well the teams perform? We’ll find out this year. 

In Honor of Record Store Day, Here’s a Roundup of Our Favorite Vinyl Art

It’s Record Store Day tomorrow, and we’re big fans of vinyl. (Luckily, we’re not the only ones.) Sales are increasing, and both old and new albums are finding a second life in vinyl form.

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While records make beautiful sounds—sometimes they make even more beautiful art. In honor of tomorrow’s holiday, here’s a roundup of our favorite vinyl-inspired art. 

Why Tax Law Screws Actors, Screenwriters & Directors

Unless you’re getting a seriously fat tax return, April 15th isn’t your favorite day. But if you’re an actor, screenwriter or director, tax day can especially hurt. The US tax code disproportionately penalizes these careers in some unique ways while often giving others a miss, or at least not hitting so hard.

California’s Worst Drought in History: The Breakdown

The last three years have left California facing a historic drought. This month, California Governor Jerry Brown issued an unprecedented mandate: Californians must reduce water use by 25%—or the state may face dire consequences. What factors are contributing to this drought?

Why Does Color Stick to Egg Shells? This Is the Science Behind It

Dyeing Easter eggs is a beautiful tradition; it’s also a weird process. Somehow eggs, food coloring, and vinegar create those pretty hues. But why does it work? Why do egg shells take the color? We wanted to find out, so we created this graphic to break it down—clean and simple. Time to head back to science class, kids.

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What Do You Need to Do 5 Minutes of Killer Standup Comedy? This Graphic Breaks It Down

Standup comedy is an art, not a science—sort of. While it has its own formula (setup, punchline), it also has its own nuances. But it always starts with the standard 5-minute set, whether you’re doing your first open mic or your first late-night TV spot. What does it take to kill in that short amount of time? According to Comedy Evaluator Pro, an online software program that measures laughs and positive audience response during a comedy set, here’s what it takes.

Low Income Students are Now a Majority In the Nation’s Public Schools

For the first time in recent history, a majority of the nation’s public school students are from lower income families. That’s the finding of the most recent report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which noted a striking increase over just a few decades. In 1989 for example, less than 32 percent of public school students were low-income. By 2000, the national rate had hit 38 percent. But the most marked rise has been over the last 15 years. Today 51% of public school students are from low-income families.