Should Religion Guide a Presidential Candidate’s Policy? Americans are Saying “No”

Oh my goodness, we’re talking about politics and religion in the same place. It’s like an awkward dinner with the extended family… When CNN and ORC International conducted a new poll asking Americans what would make the perfect presidential candidate, they found that when it came to religion in politics, Americans are leaning towards less of it.

In 1939, Pontiac Built a Transparent Car from Plexiglas

For the 1939-1949 World’s Fair in New York, Pontiac had a special surprise in store. Working in collaboration with chemical company Rohm & Haas, who had just developed a new product called “Plexiglas”, they created an entire body shell for a 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six. It was soon dubbed the “Ghost Car.”

Could You Live in an Internet Cafe? Japan’s “Cyber Homeless” Do

The cities in Japan can be challenging to live in. If you are not making a full-time salary, which typically involves long hours and high stress, then you are a temporary worker, which basically means you are on a short-term contract and making half as much as a “salary man.” With such low wages and rising rental costs, it’s tough to make rent.

News from Japan: Robot Dogs Are Getting Funerals

Aibo was a robotic dog developed by Sony a while back. Launched in 1999 and discontinued in 2006, about 150,000 dogs were sold in total. The toy was much beloved by owners, thanks to a built-in microphone and camera that helped each dog develop a unique personality.

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But this emotional attachment has triggered a surprising phenomenon. With a lack of repair technicians available, the little robot dogs are now “dying,” so loving Aibo owners in Japan are having ceremonies to honor their passing.

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’s the Most Popular Girl’s Name? This Video Tracks Their Evolution from 1880 to 2013

From Anna, to Jennifer and Isabella, the popularity of different girl names is always in flux. But what’s in a name? As this bubble chart animation illustrates, there’s a lot of cultural significance to how we name our girls. It tracks the changing favor of different names in America from all the way back in 1880 up to 2013. And while one name may hold the top position for a decade or two, parents are always swaying between following tradition and choosing something different or modern – eventually even the most popular names fall from the spotlight.

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.

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.