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.

What Would it Look Like if the Sun was Replaced by Other Stars?

There’s nothing quite like a good sunset. We flock to that colorful scene any day the weather is good. But what if it looked a bit less familiar? Graphic designer Martin Vargic wondered what it would look like if our closest star, the Sun, was replaced with other stars in the galaxy (say the tiny red dwarf Barnard’s Star, or the giant Aldebaran). Vargic set to work, creating a series of Photoshopped images which replaced our familiar Sun with others from around the galaxy.

Scientists Have Confirmed the Average Penis Size, and It’s Not What You Think

Ok guys, it’s a moment of truth. Although locker room banter would have you believing every man was hung like a horse, a recent study has revealed that average penis size is something a bit more modest: 5.16 inches, erect. Not only that, but based on the 15,521 males from around the world who were measured, the number of men at the very top and very bottom of the scale are few and far between. Yes, we know you’re running to get a tape measure.

Think Apple’s $10,000 Watch is Expensive? Here’s How It Stacks Up Next to Luxury Watch Brands

Apple’s announcement last Monday that they are releasing a $10,000 version of their Apple Watch (the ‘Edition’) has the web in a flurry of varied opinion. It might be made from solid 18-karat gold, but how can the tech giant expect to sell an uber-expensive watch that will be obsolete in under 5 years? Worn by anyone without a LOT of disposable income, the Apple Watch Edition’s heart-rate monitor might show a serious spike.

Here’s What the Perfect Workspace Looks Like

The work you do is greatly affected by the environment you’re in—a concept aggressively examined by architectural theorist Christopher Alexander and others in A​ Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction. No one wants to work in a soul-crushing cubicle farm, yet so many companies completely overlook their own design. Even those of us who are lucky enough to work from home severely underestimate the power of our environment. What do you need to feel comfortable and productive? Here’s what the perfect workspace looks like.

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.

60 Years Ago, We Spent Twice as Much on Food

It’s not uncommon to get sticker shock when you see your total at the grocery store, but this little fact will make you feel much better: 60 years ago, we spent twice as much on food. Using the latest data from the USDA’s long-time tracking of food expenditures, we charted the information going back just over six decades. The trend is obvious. Out of our total disposable income, Americans are spending a much smaller share on food.

Weed is Super Safe, and This Chart Proves It.

Washington D.C. voted to legalize marijuana last November by a landslide, with that Initiative taking effect today. While the nation’s capital won’t be the next Amsterdam, it does raise questions in the continuing debate about marijuana safety. Just how safe is smoking weed?

Ask any recreational or medical marijuana user and they’ll quickly tell you that the drug is safe (and a LOT of scientific research backs that up), but recent research is suggesting it might be even safer than we’ve thought. In findings published in the journal Scientific Reports (a research publication from Nature), researchers worked to quantify the risk of death associated with commonly used drugs when used in typical fashion.

Charting the Downs and Ups of US Income Inequality

NPR recently released an interactive chart which clearly demonstrates the growing US income inequality over the last 100 years. But what it shows best is the two major trends the century has followed.

The scatter plot charts average income for the bottom 90% of earners on one axis, and the average income for the top 1% on the other. (For comparison purposes all figures are inflation adjusted to 2012 dollars)