What Percentage of Your Life has the US Spent At War?

The Vietnam war was known for its length, but today the War on Terror has far surpassed it – stretching on for more than 13 years. For kids born in late 2001, there has never been a day when the United States wasn’t at war.

That sobering fact is clearly revealed in this excellent graphic created by The Washington Post. Here they chart the years in living memory that the US has been engaged in war, showing the percentage of people’s lives lived during times of war and peace.

How to Play Party Games from Around the World

Summer’s coming. That means it’s prime season for BBQs, campouts, pool parties, and other festivities, whether family-friendly or otherwise. Regardless, any time you gather a group, you’ll want to keep each other entertained (especially if you’re on hosting duty). With that in mind, we researched the different types of games played around the world to get a little inspiration for your next party. From crazy drinking sports to simple games to play with kids, here are a few activities to try.

More High Schoolers are Smoking E-Cigarettes

More high schoolers are smoking electronic cigarettes. In 2014, more than 13 of every 100 high school students reported using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days. In 2013, fewer than 5 in 100 high school students said the same thing. So is this a good thing or a bad thing? It might be some of both.

Drone Captures Unique Birds Eye Views of Famous Landmarks

Everyone loves aerial photography, that’s why the airplane window shot is such a popular tradition on Instagram. But photojournalist Amos Chapple captures some views that an airplane passenger can’t. In his stunning series “Air”, the New Zealand-based artist used a drone to catch bird’s eye views of architectural landmarks. He was on the forefront of drone scouting before it was banned and captured quite a lovely collection of famous building from this unique perspective.

Charming Animated Illustrations from Japanese Artist Maori Sakai

Japanese illustrator Maori Sakai has been drawing charming scenes of those special moments in everyday life, then animating them with a lively happiness that’s simply infectious. Many of her drawings have positive messages that flash through their moving scenes and remind us to focus on the simple and good things in life. “Happiness is by your side” or “Take it easy”.

Tesla’s ‘Drive for Free’ Superchargers are Sprouting Up Around the World

“Drive for Free. Forever. On Sunlight.” That’s what Tesla promised in 2012 when they announced their revolutionary Supercharger program. Using just solar power, they promised to build a network of electric car chargers that would allow owners of their award-winning Model S to drive many places for free. What’s more, they said each charger could top up your car in just 30 short minutes – way faster than the car chargers that came before.

A quick look at Tesla’s latest Supercharger maps reveal they’ve been VERY busy installing Superchargers all over the world. For drivers in the US, a free cruise up and down both coasts is now pretty easy. You can also zip through the center of the country with ease.

School Bullying May Be on the Decline

Over the past decade, school bullying has been on the decline. That’s according to a survey of students 12 to 18 years old when asked whether they had been bullied at any time during school. In 2007 nearly one third of students reported being the victim of bullying, but as of 2013 that number had dropped below one quarter. That’s great news for teens who already have plenty on their plate just growing up.

Hyperrealistic Stone Sculptures of Everyday Objects

Traditionally hyperrealism is done with oil paint. Shiny cans, shoes, fruit, junk food, etc. that look like they could be held in your hand are painted on a 2D canvas. But Robin Antar just took hyperrealism up a notch. He has been working with stone for nearly 40 years and has found a way to replicate everyday objects in STONE! For his series, Realism in Stone, he carves the stone into the shapes of condiment bottles, cookies, paper bags, toothpaste, and other things then paints them to look just like real life!

HULA Paints in Abondoned Places from the Side of His Paddleboard

Hawaiian artist and surfer Sean Yoro (aka HULA) has been living in New York. What to do when there are no waves around? He’s been grabbing his paddleboard and using it to access hard to reach places and paint. Yoro has a talent for painting beautiful women, and recently they have been finding their way to the walls of abandoned, water filled places. Their bodies seem to emerge from the quiet waters below.

Daniel Rozin’s ‘PomPom Mirror’ Reflects Your Body In Pixelated Fur

You don’t need glass to make a mirror. Artist Daniel Rozin has created one that reflects objects in faux fur. It’s entirely bizarre and almost magical.