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?

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: 

What the Internet Thinks About—in an Interactive Infographic

What does the Internet care about? What articles do we share the most? Using the data from the Ahrefs Content Explorer, the people at Funders and Founders analyzed the most popular articles from each of the top English-language media sites in the world and created this interactive visualization. The result is a straightforward visualization of the content we care about most. 

Surprising: The US is Only 4 Presidents Old

Viewed from the year 2015, the founding of the United States seems like a distant piece of history, but from the right perspective it wasn’t long ago at all. Take this little tidbit of information: the US is only as old as four President’s lives.

When Barak Obama was born (1961), Herbert Hoover was still alive (1874 – 1964). When Hoover was born, Andrew Johnson was still living (1808 – 1875). When Johnson was born John Adams was still alive (1735 – 1826). And there you have it. With just the overlapping lives of four presidents we reach the Founding Fathers of the United States. Pretty amazing.

Elevators in One World Trade Center Feature a Virtual Journey Through 500 Years of NYC’s Skyline

Riding the elevator to the top of the new One World Trade Center isn’t like any other ride – and that’s not just because it’s tall. Inside the five special elevators servicing the rooftop observation deck is a time-lapse video simulation that compresses 500 years of New York City’s skyline into the time it takes to reach the 102nd floor. The journey takes less than a minute and travels from swampy, tree covered Manhattan island, to the bustling skyscraper filled Big Apple we know today.

Turn Your Favorite Song Into A 3D Printed Sculpture

The geniuses at NEW Inc. have discovered a way to turn sound into a 3D object. REIFY, a small company led by CEO Allison Wood has come up with a way to 3D print sound clips as a striking geometric visual. Now you can turn your favorite song into a conversation piece for your coffee table. Aside from the sculptural beauty, the piece can then be scanned by a phone app and turned back into audio!

This Medical Student Has Made Studying Anatomy So Much Sweeter

There is a reason why not everyone is a doctor. Learning anatomy is no easy task. But 27 year old medical student Mike McCormick has developed a sweet way to help himself study. He re-creates human anatomy diagrams using various candies to represent the parts. With neat labeling and colorful candies, these figures are more fun than any anatomy textbook could ever be. Plus the hands on learning approach makes memorization sink in much more easily.

A Single Day on the London Tube Condensed Into a 2-minute Visualization

Everyday an average of 3.5 million people ride the London tube. Where is everyone going, and when are the busiest times? Developer Will Gallia was curious to see it visualized, so he gathered a day’s worth of data and created a timelapse visualization. 

1 in 3 Americans Lives With a Gun, But That’s the Lowest Rate in 40 Years

The number of Americans who have a gun in their household is at the lowest rate ever. According to the NORC’s General Social Survey, 32% of Americans either own a gun themselves or live with someone who does. That’s down from the 1970s and 1980s when nearly half of the country lived with a gun.

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.