Fangirls Travel The Globe to Find the Locations of Their Favorite Scenes

Good things come to those who follow their joy. In 2013, a group of 3 Finnish “fangirls” decided to travel the UK scouting out the scenes from their favorite movies and TV shows. 2,000 miles later, the girls accomplished their mission and had an amazing time doing it. Rather than printing out pictures to contrast them with the backgrounds as many have done in the past, the girls used their phones and tablets to show the original scenes. They documented their journey on their website FangirlQuest.com and gained much love from the internet.

TGIF!! Here Are a Bunch of Tiny People Who Are Totally Over It

Oh Friday… what would we do without you? That’s certainly what these tiny people are feeling as they navigate the big world of office life.

Derrick Lin works in advertising, a career he admits can be chaotic and unpredictable. Channeling the challenges of daily work life, he creates miniature scenes of people venting their (and often his) frustrations, then posts them to Instagram and Tumblr. Perhaps you can relate.

What’s Missing in the Film Industry? Women.

The representation of women in the film industry is dismally low. In 2014, women comprised 17% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 (domestic) grossing films. And if you’re guessing that number is creeping upwards, it’s not. That’s the same percentage of women who worked in these roles in 1998.

Sydney Opera House is Transformed into a Fantastic Cartoon Animation

The Sydney Opera House is an impressive piece of world architecture, but for the past week it’s been an even greater spectacle. Universal Everything (previously), in collaboration with over 20 different animation studios worldwide, have created a living mural on the side of the iconic structure. I saw it in person last night, and it’s truly magical.

What Percentage of Your Life has the US Spent At War?

The Vietnam war was known for its length, but today the War on Terror has far surpassed it – stretching on for more than 13 years. For kids born in late 2001, there has never been a day when the United States wasn’t at war.

That sobering fact is clearly revealed in this excellent graphic created by The Washington Post. Here they chart the years in living memory that the US has been engaged in war, showing the percentage of people’s lives lived during times of war and peace.

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.

SpaceX’s Travel Posters Will Make You Want to Visit Mars

It may be a while until you can catch a quick flight to the red planet, but SpaceX is hopeful that option may be in our future. The commercial spacecraft company, whose spacecraft will be used to support the majority of U.S. scientific missions, is determined to enable people to live on other planets someday. (Yes, that is the company’s official mission.) To keep that dream alive and offer us some entertaining inspiration, SpaceX released three throwback travel posters last week. Who’s up for an intergalactic road trip?