Tag Archives | United-States

…Internet porn is an interesting subject?

It should come as no surprise that the internet and porn are connected at the hip, but when you actually think about the numbers behind the pornography industry, it can be a bit overwhelming.

For instance, did you know that 35% of all internet downloads are pornographic? Or how about the fact that the United States spends $13.6 billion dollars every year on porn?

For those fun facts and more, check out this handy infographic that OnlineEducation.net put together:

Internet Porn

…Stars take a lot of power to produce?

Man-Made Star

What does it take to create a tiny, man-made star that will trigger a thermonuclear reaction inside of a laboratory?

How about a laser that concentrates 1,000 times the electric generating power of the entire United States into one-billionth of a second.

Not impressive enough for you?

Then how about this: The resulting explosion should produce 10 times the amount of energy used to create it, or more than 10,000 times the electric generating power of the United States!

The structure that will house this experiment, which is located in the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California, covers an area roughly the size of three football fields, and the infrared laser that will cause the explosion will travel through almost a mile of lenses, mirrors and amplifiers in order to create a beam that will be 10 billion (yes, with a b) times more powerful than a standard household light bulb.

Let’s just hope they’ve got some bright minds working on this project, because otherwise we could bite off more than we can chew with our own man-made star.

[National Ignition Facility]

[Via: Neatorama]

…People will die in strange and unusual ways this year?

Death Skull

Despite my best efforts, I can’t find an original source for this fantastic infographic about the “Number of men in the United States who will die in 2008 as a result of…”

The facts and figures themselves apparently come from the Disease Control and Prevention’s WONDER database, and cover unfortunates such as fireworks accidents, falling from a building, spider bites, falling down stairs, shark attacks, and plenty of other ways to accidentally leave this Earth.

[Via: LikeCool]

…It’s Things Thursday: Something?


Are you the type of person that likes surprises?

Then you’re probably the type of person that would like the SomethingStore, a website that sends you “something, an item selected randomly among many things from our inventory, for $10 (free shipping) and you will find out what your something is when you receive it”.

What could this something be?

    It may be something you need, something you want or something you desire. (Though it also may be total crap.)

    Yours may be a cool gadget, rare book, table game, handmade necklace, reverse clock, box of gourmet chocolates, set of shiny shower curtains, popular video game, big-box retailer gift card, the latest version of a software, a set of kitchen knives, a pair of designer jeans, garden tool, kitchen appliance, unique home decor item, electronic equipment, magazine subscription, office supply item, or…

    Your something will most likely be brand new, though it may also be refurbished or antique.

So SomethingStore can send you anything?

Well, besides “items or services that are illegal to trade in United States”, yes!

Sound good?

Then discover your something is today.


[Via: FreshArrival]

…Meters have changed?


Though we usually assume that distances are fixed (a mile is a mile is a mile) the official definition of a meter has changed numerous times through out history.

Each time, the definition of a meter became more precise, but it also changed slightly from the previous definition, allowing for less and less of the variation inherent in each measuring system.

Bonus: The only three countries not currently using the metric system: Liberia, Myanmar, and the United States.

[Good Magazine – Weights And Measures]

[Via: swissmiss]