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.

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.

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.

7 in 10 People Use Their Smartphones While They Drive… And They Aren’t Just Texting

Think the person in the car next to you is just texting on their phone? Think again. Despite many laws forbidding the use of phones while driving, a new poll from AT&T and Braun Research has revealed that people are doing far more than just texting while behind the wheel.

The poll found that 7-in-10 drivers use their phone while behind the wheel, but even worse, more than 1-in-4 drivers were surfing the web, and 1-in-10 have been video chatting.

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?

Less Than Half of Young Americans Say They Are “A Religious Person”

Less than half of today’s young Americans say they are “a religious person.” That’s according to the 2014 Gallup International End of Year Survey. For people under the age of 35, the idea of religion or at least the label seems to be less important now than for the older population.

Possible reasons? It could be that higher levels of internet exploration during formative years are leading young people to question the beliefs of their elders. It could also be that young people are leaving behind perceived negativity with the word “religious”, preferring to be labeled with words like “spiritual” instead.

Dear Data: Two Women Track Personal Data on Postcards and Ship Them Across the Atlantic

Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec have only met twice in person, but they’re quickly getting to know each other through weekly postcards and a mutual obsession for tracking things. Their endearing year-long project “Dear Data” sees the pair sending postcards from New York to London and back – each with a week’s worth of personal data on the front and instructions for reading that data on the back.

Since the First Earth Day, the World Population Has Doubled

It’s the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day, and it’s never been more important. Since the worldwide event first celebrated environmental protection back in 1970, the world population has nearly doubled. That’s a seriously sobering fact, for an obvious reason. Even if we have more knowledge of threats to the earth than we did 45 years ago, and even if we are taking action to treat our home planet kindly, there are literally twice as many people creating an impact every day.

Why Tax Law Screws Actors, Screenwriters & Directors

Unless you’re getting a seriously fat tax return, April 15th isn’t your favorite day. But if you’re an actor, screenwriter or director, tax day can especially hurt. The US tax code disproportionately penalizes these careers in some unique ways while often giving others a miss, or at least not hitting so hard.

Is College Drinking on the Decline? The Latest Freshmen Say “Yes”

College drinking is on the decline, and it’s been that way for the past decade. That’s according to “The American Freshman: National Norms” reports from UCLA (CIRP/HERI). It found that over the last 10 years entering freshman consistently reported less and less drinking, with the number of students reporting “frequent” or “occasional” beer, wine and spirits drinking dropping by a sizable 25%. Students also reported a large decline in partying, with a growing share saying they didn’t party at all.