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.

New Research Shows Fewer Americans Identify as Christian

According to a recent Pew Research survey of 35,000 people age 18 and older, Americans’ religious affiliations are notably shifting. While America is still home to more Christians than any other country, fewer people say they are Christian than they did 7 years ago. The survey also notes changes in ethnic diversity among Christians: 

How Much Did the Department of the Defense Pay the NFL to Salute the Troops?

New government documents obtained by NJ.com reveal what some taxpayers may consider disturbing spending by the Department of Defense. A total of $5.4 million in taxpayer money was paid to the NFL between 2011 and 2014 for various salutes to the troops and other advertising during games. As viewers believed these salutes to be genuine acknowledgments for time served—not paid advertising as a recruiting tool—many are upset that taxpayer money was used to mislead viewers. The Department of Defense paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million to salute the troops. So, how much did they pay?

What Are Your Fingernails Telling You?

Your fingernails can tell you a lot about your health. From vitamin deficiencies to potentially life-threatening conditions, the signs may be in your hands—literally. Take a look at these common nail symptoms, and contact your medical provider if you see something that might be cause for concern.

4 Smart Ways to Fold a T-Shirt

Laundry Day is a bummer—unless you’re a shirt-folding ninja. Want to make life easier? Check out these 4 badass shirt folds. Whether you need to pack light, fold for display, or fold in record time, these easy hacks will make laundry less of a pain. Our fave? The Army Ranger roll.

Propaganda Posters for Pyramid Schemes

You’d think the days of door-to-door knife salesmen and calling card pyramid schemes were over—but they’re only getting updated. Bulk protein? Cooking utensils? Somehow you still have an old roommate or third cousin trying to loop you into these ridiculous schemes with the promise to get rich quick. Inspired by these, we decided to have a little fun. Check out our propaganda posters for pyramid schemes. And while we have you here, can we interest you in a timeshare in Florida?

A Visualization of Every Drug Hunter S. Thompson Took in a 24-Hour Period

Hunter S. Thompson was a great writer. (Check out our 5 Reasons to Read Hunter S. Thompson to find out why). Unfortunately, he is known more for his excessive drug use and lifestyle. What did that really entail, though? The 1993 biography Hunter: The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson by E. Jean Carroll contains a detailed listing of drugs consumed by Thompson in a 24-hour period that is, well, exhausting: 

How NFL Teams Spend Their Draft Picks

Experts are predicting that quarterbacks will be the top two picks in tonight’s NFL Draft, with Florida State’s Jameis Winston going No. 1 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Tennessee Titans taking Oregon’s Marcus Mariota at No. 2.

Draft Day talk is all about priorities and how teams choose to tackle those. Here’s a look at what positions teams have emphasized in the first round from 2000-2014. Of course, this doesn’t take into account trades and existing rosters, but it gives us a good idea of where teams are focused and where they should be focused. We’re looking at you, Jacksonville.

In Honor of the Kentucky Derby: How to Make the Best Mint Juleps

This Saturday marks the 141st running of the “greatest two minutes in sports.” Or, if you’re not into that sports stuff, one of the greatest reasons to drink of the year: The Kentucky Derby.

Besides being one of the premiere events for horseracing, the Kentucky Derby is famous for ridiculous hats, celebrities in seersucker, and its signature drink, the Mint Julep. Want to celebrate this weekend? Learn how to make this Derby mainstay and more twists on the classic Julep below.

Which NBA Teams Share the Ball More Evenly?

The 2015 NBA playoffs kicked off this last weekend (in case you didn’t notice your feeds blowing up about it). The Visual News team’s loyalties lie all over the country—from Los Angeles, to Colorado, to New York—but we all like a good game. But while basketball is all about sharing the glory, it isn’t necessarily about sharing the ball. Our good friend (and talented designer) Shane Keaney created this infographic to give us a look at how well each NBA playoff team shares the ball. Does a more even share distribution influence how well the teams perform? We’ll find out this year.