What’s the Most Mentioned Car in Rap Music? It’s Not an Impala.

Luxury cars have always been a staple element in rap music. Snoop Dogg waxed lyrical about his ’64 Impala in ‘Still A G Thang’, and The Game has dropped seven major car brands into the songs he writes – but what car is the most popular? Medium crunched the numbers on lyrics from Rap Genius, and came up with the lowdown on what cars, and car brands top the rap world – and it’s not an Impala.

Exploring the Fear of Failure and Creative Success

If there’s one thing that is kryptonite to creativity, it’s fear of failure. Every working creative knows this struggle and how it can affect the work you do. To explore this theme, Visual News’ parent company Column Five partnered with the Laguna College of Arts + Design (LCAD) to create a data visualization exhibit, “Fear of Failure and Creative Success.”

Be Emperor of the Penguins with Daniel Rozin’s Bizarre New ‘Mirror’

We just covered Daniel Rozin and his collection of bizarre interactive ‘mirrors’ a few weeks ago, but this new creation can’t be missed. His ‘Penguins Mirror’ let’s you be emperor of the penguins – just stand in front of all 450 motorized stuffed animals and they turn their white bellies towards you reflecting your silhouette. Is it brilliant or just absurd? Probably the best of both, and a really good laugh too.

Michael Pecirno’s Minimalist Maps Reveal the Hidden Landscapes of America

London-based designer Michael Pecirno creates minimalist maps in an ongoing project to understand the landscape of the world. His work is exploratory, using a decidedly narrow set of data to see the unique patterns it creates across the land. In each case, the map is drawn with data points, leaving traditional physical and political borders to our imagination.

Happy Donut Day! What’s Your Fave Type?

It’s National Donut Day! (If you haven’t scored some yet, check out Foodbeast’s list of everyone who’s giving away free treats.) The donut has certainly had the foodie treatment in recent years, with specialty shops springing up in hip cities around the country. Now you can get unconventional flavors, from Froot Loops to Country Ham & Eggs, but not everyone is on board. A recent Ipsos poll asked individuals about their favorite flavors—who knew cream-filled was America’s fave?

Where Are the Most Popular NYC Filming Locations? This Map Has the Answer.

No matter how you slice it, New York City is one of the world’s most popular filming locations. From the top of the towering skyline, to the cab filled streets of Times Square, the city has featured in more than 517 films… and that’s just in the last 3 years. So where are the most popular areas to film? Metrocosm broke it down by visualizing all the film permit data from the “Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting” (every city should have one!), creating a street-centric heat map that quickly reveals some very hot filming locations (17,241 in 3 years to be exact).

These Two Visualizations Will Truly Make You Appreciate Musical Skill

Listening to a concert is one thing, seeing it is another, and this is something different all together. These two videos are the work of Stephen Malinowski, and his Music Animation Machine, or MAM. Using it, he’s distilled complex classical music pieces into colorful visualizations that help us to distinguish between the many instruments, and complex timings involved in performing them. It’s one more way to appreciate these masterworks.

You Make My Heart Race: Visualization of A Man’s Heart Rate As He Proposes to His Girlfriend

No matter how long you’ve known and loved your girlfriend and no matter how sure you are that she will say “yes”, popping the question will still make your heart tremble. Redditor jakeinfusino decided to wear a heart rate monitor as he built up the confidence to ask his girlfriend to be his wife. He fed the data through Particular/ Form and used After Effects to create this awesome visualization. Although it took 40 minutes to pop the question and let his heart rest again, this 90 second video shows the highs and lows as he gained the courage to ask that magic question.

A Growing Problem: Obesity is Still on the Rise in the US

In 2014, 27.7% of American adults were obese (BMI 30+), and that number is up 2.2% over the last 7 years. Meanwhile the number of people who are classified as overweight (BMI 25-29.9) has dropped by 1.5%, and people classified as normal bodyweight (BMI 18.1-24.9) has dropped slightly by 1%.

This points to a troubling trend – the population as a whole is getting heavier, with many people moving towards being overweight and obese.

Support for Same-Sex Marriage is at a Record High

Support for same-sex marriage is at an all time high, with 60% of Americans in favor. That’s according to the latest poll from Gallup, which has been asking this question since 1996:

“Do you think marriages between same-sex couples should or should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages?”

This finding comes at a pivotal moment, with the Supreme Court set to rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage this month.