How to Play Party Games from Around the World

Summer’s coming. That means it’s prime season for BBQs, campouts, pool parties, and other festivities, whether family-friendly or otherwise. Regardless, any time you gather a group, you’ll want to keep each other entertained (especially if you’re on hosting duty). With that in mind, we researched the different types of games played around the world to get a little inspiration for your next party. From crazy drinking sports to simple games to play with kids, here are a few activities to try.

More High Schoolers are Smoking E-Cigarettes

More high schoolers are smoking electronic cigarettes. In 2014, more than 13 of every 100 high school students reported using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days. In 2013, fewer than 5 in 100 high school students said the same thing. So is this a good thing or a bad thing? It might be some of both.

School Bullying May Be on the Decline

Over the past decade, school bullying has been on the decline. That’s according to a survey of students 12 to 18 years old when asked whether they had been bullied at any time during school. In 2007 nearly one third of students reported being the victim of bullying, but as of 2013 that number had dropped below one quarter. That’s great news for teens who already have plenty on their plate just growing up.

Adolescent Obesity Has More Than Quadrupled in 3 Decades

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past three decades. In 1980, just 7% of children 6-11, and 5% of adolescents 12-19 were obese. Today those numbers have jumped to 18% and 21% respectively.

The CDC points out that these kids aren’t simply at risk from the long term effects of being overweight – there are a host of immediate health effects like a high risk factor for cardiovascular disease (with 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease), or a far higher chance of being pre-diabetic.

The preventative solutions the CDC puts forward are nothing new. Kids need more physical activity, and more healthy food.

Here’s Every Meteorite Fall on Earth in a Single Interactive Visualization

Ever wonder how many meteors have hit Earth? The Meteoritical Society is doing its best to keep track. And Javier de la Torre, co-founder of CartoDB, is helping us see the pure volume of hits (into the tens of thousands). His interactive visualization shows a heatmap of hits all over the world, letting you explore where and when meteorites fell, as well as their size and classification. (Pro tip: See if any have landed near your hometown.)

The World’s First High Tech, All-In-One, Smart Dog Collar

Fifty-two percent of dogs are overweight in the US and only seven percent of owners are actually aware their dog is unhealthy. Dogtelligent seeks to change that statistic for the better with the Connected Collar. With virtual fence and leash technology that gently tugs, activity trackers, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, ambient temperature sensors, and an ultrasonic micro-speaker to correct barking, this all-in-one collar is everything a dog owner could ever need to keep his pet healthy and well managed. Many dogs are not getting enough exercise, but with an accelerometer (like a FitBit), you can measure your playful pup’s activity output and track it on your Smart device. You can program the app with your dog’s breed and age so that the perfect activity level can be calculated.

The World’s First Eye Tracking Virtual Reality Technology Is Here

Welcome to the future. Sci-fi movies are no longer just fantasy. FOVE has created the world’s first eye tracking virtual reality system an accuracy of 1/20th of a degree. With this advancement, VR-induced nausea is greatly reduced and you can use your eyes to interact with and control the 3D virtual environments before. FOVE is not just for fun and games. The implications of this technology to help those suffering from body mobility issues is huge. Watch as a child with muscular dystrophy uses his eyes to play a song on the piano for his classmates to sing along with. The beautiful moments that this product can create are endless, bringing emotion to virtual reality.

Police Sketches Alongside Actual Mugshots

Can you imagine what it’s like to be a police sketch artist? Trying to listen to a collection of descriptions to illustrate a portrait that will be plastered all over the place in hopes of catching a criminal is no easy task. Considering the fact that most of us could not even describe ourselves in enough detail for an artist to sketch, eye witness reports are not the most reliable. But sometimes the artists really get it right and other times they just don’t. Here is a collection of 20 police sketches paired up with the criminals they were intended to represent.

The Majority of Americans Do Not Have a College Degree

62%. That’s the number of American’s with no college degree. If you don’t count Associates degrees, the number rises to a sizeable 66.9%.

This ‘Lucky’ Iron Fish Can Make You Stronger

It might not look like much, but this small iron fish can save lives. Canadian science graduate Dr. Christopher Charles traveled to Cambodia six years ago, where he discovered that anaemia was a huge public health problem.

Instead of finding children enjoying their youthful years, he found kids who were small and weak, often with slow mental development. Mother’s too were suffering. Tired and having painful headaches, many were unable to work. What these people needed was a healthy dose of iron in their diet – but the standard solution of daily iron tablets was often too expensive, too difficult to put into practice or simply unavailable. That’s when he had an idea.