Guess What The Most Popular Dot GOV Website Is Right Now?

You knew it already. IRS.gov is the hottest website right now out of all the US government websites… not that anyone really wants to be there. At this time of the year that website gets a massive hit, but the rest of the time you’ll find people at the next choices down our list of most trafficked dot gov sites — namely Weather.gov and its forecasting service (highly reliable in our experience).

Somebody Labeled Our Hallway Art…

When we headed to Visual News HQ this morning, we noticed something…a little different. Our new office is housed in a corporate business park, and the shared hallways have been getting a little more “personality” in the form of hallway art. But we noticed today that some corporate Banksy among us has added his/her/their own brilliant museum labels to the pieces.

Exhibit A: 

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Is FOX News the Most Trusted Network? This Poll Says “Yes”

Fox News is the most trusted network and cable news in the United States. That’s according to a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month which revealed that 29% of Americans say they trust the coverage from Fox. Depending on where you fall in the political spectrum, that might be a surprise, or a no-brainer.

The University of Phoenix Has Lost Half of Its Students in Just 5 Years

You read that right. The University of Phoenix has lost half of its students. Five years ago the institution had about 460,000 students, today that number is just 213,000. That’s a huge share by any measure of business (and the for-profit university is certainly one of those). Why such a large decline?

For the First Time Ever, Streaming Music Tops CD Sales

It had to happen sometime. Last year, for the first time ever, income for streaming music from services like Pandora and Spotify was higher than sales for CDs.

That’s according to a report released this month by the Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the major recording companies. To be fair it was a pretty dismal year for music sales in general, but that follows the downward trend we’ve seen for years. With the near unlimited selection, and low (to no) cost for streaming services, it was only a matter of time before CDs had to face the music.

NBA Study: Refs are Wrong 14% of the Time in Last 2 Minutes of Game

Starting March 1st, the National Basketball Association began releasing reports evaluating all calls and important non-calls which occur in the last two minutes of games. What did they find? In those final important moments, referees have made the wrong call or non-call in more than 14% of cases.

In 288 plays that the NBA considered, 7 whistled calls were wrong, while 34 no-calls were incorrect. If a win for your team is on the line, this isn’t very comforting news. However, Rod Thorn, the league’s president of basketball operations, said “The vast majority of the calls are right.” Referees made the correct call 96% of the time they blew the whistle.

In Big Companies, CEOs Named John and David Outnumber All Women CEOs

You read that right. If you want to be a CEO, it’s probably time for a name change. According to a recent analysis of S&P 1500 companies, out of all the chief executives heading them up, an astounding 5.3% are named John. Right behind that is David, at 4.5%.

However, the truly sobering fact is just below: the total of every single female CEO is just 4.1%. That’s right, Johns and Davids outnumber female CEOs in this group.

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.

Bill Gates Has Donated More Money Than The ENTIRE FORTUNE of Most Tech Billionaires

Bill Gates is famous for starting Microsoft, amassing the largest fortune in the world, and now, giving a huge amount of money back. While those first two items are probably the most well known, a quick look at the immense scale of Bill’s giving will probably make you appreciate that even more. According to two lists from Forbes (their famous “Rich List” and “America’s Top 50 Givers), Bill Gates has given away more money than the entire fortune of most tech billionaires. 6 out of 10 to be exact.

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.