Road Trip! Randy Olson Calculated The Optimal Trip to U.S. Landmarks in 48 States

Remember that viral story about the most efficient way to find Waldo? Well, Randy Olson is back with something that could save you more than time hunting for the right guy wearing red and white stripes – this one will save you fuel. With the help of Tracy Staedter from Discovery News, he’s created an interesting exercise in efficient road tripping, charting the optimal route around the 48 contiguous U.S. states stopping at national landmarks all along the way.

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.

A Record Number of Americans Have Never Tied the Knot

Never been married? You’re not alone. With changes in family structure and social norms it’s no shocker that rates of marriage have been declining for the last few decades, but the number of Americans who have never been married has now reached an all time high. As of 2012, one in five adults over 25 years old have never been married. Compare that to 1960, when only one in nine in the same range had never been married.

Men and Cats: A Photographers Journey to Show That Men Love Cats Too

Men love cats too. Yes it’s true, even though cat owners are often stereotyped as “crazy cat ladies”, couples and single women, there are a good amount of single men who enjoy being cat owners. Photographer David Williams of Brooklyn, NY sought to bring attention to these cat loving men. He told the Daily Mail, “I found the way society genderizes animal ownership very compelling.”

Interactive Art Gallery Invites Visitors To Become The Art

In the Phillipines, there is an art gallery that takes the word “interactive” to the next level. Each piece requires human interaction to come to life and with the proper perspective, the optical illusions pop. Known as Art in Island, the gallery has been set up in what used to be a bus station. Why spend all day admiring other people’s work when you can step into a piece of art and become it?

It’s a “Weapon of Mass Instruction”: This Guy Built a Tank Covered in Books

Raul Lemesoff has built a ‘Weapon of Mass Instruction.’ His mobile sculpture (‘Arma De Instruccion Masiva’ in Spanish) looks a lot like a military tank as it’s driving down the streets of Buenos Aires, but when it comes to a stop its army green sides are filled with books. Lemesoff is on a mission to distribute books throughout the city and the rest of Argentina, and the only thing he asks when you get a book is that you promise to read it.

Humans Transform Into Dr. Seuss Characters For A Hair Freezing Contest

Every February at Takhini Hot Springs in Yukon, Canada, visitors get the option to participate in a Hair Freezing Competition. This tourist destination features cozy pools that are as hot as perfect bath water and when the temperature drops below 30 degrees Celsius, you can use creative styling to turn your head into an ice sculpture. Aside from head hair, people make themselves look like cartoon characters with snowy lashes and eyebrows, and some men can even pull off chest hair icicles. Participants post their photos to Takhini’s Facebook wall and the business offers a $150 reward for the fan favorite. This year the winning prize went to the folks in the picture above.

3 Artists Who Harnessed Inner Turmoil in the Pursuit of Creativity

Creating art is not an easy thing. As I talked about in my review of Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, it can be a struggle, a battle even. Pressfield’s book was about overcoming the difficulty of getting down to work, of stopping procrastination and doing the thing you have to do. But there is another kind of creative struggle that many go through – the struggle with one’s self, with one’s inner demons.

Is This The Most Beautiful Bookshop In The World?

Books are a beautiful thing, but sometimes the building that houses them is even more captivating. The Livraria Lello (Lello Bookstore) is one of those cases. The art nouveau masterpiece is located in the center of Porto, Portugal, and features an incredible interior which wraps visitors in ornate neo-Gothic paneling and houses an unbelievable curving staircase as its central feature. Capping off the place is a colorful stained-glass ceiling.

A Nomadic Hot Tub You Can Heat With a Campfire? Yes!

When going through your list of things to pack for your next camping trip, don’t forget to bring the hot tub. Yes, that’s right. The Original Nomad is a portable hot tub that doesn’t take too much space or effort to get going. After a nice long hike in the woods, you and your friends (or even a lover) can get toasty and relaxed.