The famous adult website Pornhub today reveals its 2017 statistics, with some crunchy figures and of course the most popular searches of the year! This very detailed new report entitled 2017 Year in review tells us a lot about the use of pornography around the world, revealing the most searched keywords, the most popular pornstars, or the most popular devices used. You will also learn the countries that are the biggest consumers, or the time spent on the platform country by country. This year for example, the Pornhub platform has logged more than 28.5 billion visits, with an average of 50,000 searches per minute! Pornography still have a bright future…
Have you ever wondered what the hardest language to learn is? Although it’s different for everyone, there’s a general sense that some languages are more difficult to grasp than others. For English speakers wanting to expand their proficiency in another tongue, the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) has ranked languages around the world by how many weeks it takes to learn them. To visualize this, Redditor Fummy shared a map that displays this data in part of Europe. The language map spans from Portugal to Ukraine, and the difficulty rankings run the gamut from Category I (about 24 weeks of instruction) to Category IV (about 44 weeks of instruction). So, if you’re looking to learn a new language with relative ease, why not try Spanish or French? In less than a year, you can have a good grasp on both of them. But if you’re looking for a tougher linguistic challenge, try learning Hungarian. It will take you about 44 weeks (and around 1,100 hours) of instruction, as it’s considered a language “with significant linguistic and/or cultural differences from English.”
Excerpt from the chapter “Generation Me” published in the book Atlas of Prejudice: The Complete Stereotype Map Collection
The last century ended with Andy Warhol’s prophecy granting everyone their 15 minutes of fame. The 21st Century turned out to be far more generous. The time restrictions Warhol put on fame are not valid anymore. They were a consequence of the broadcast mentality of the Television Age, when the day had 24 hours and was partitioned among few competing A-listers. Today everybody is a star, simultaneously and perpetually. Even critics. Critics are not interested in being a corrective force because the whole notion of an established authority is not cool anymore. What’s cool is your hairdo, your gadget, and the rasterized quotes by famous people you share on Facebook and Twitter, with an added personal “wow” at the end. The systematic effort, that vital element of getting things done, has been replaced with the declared intention. Everything is a tap and a click away. The lack of authority created a vacuum to which we still struggle to adjust. The mind-blowing speed with which information travels leads us to believe that what we see in our newsfeeds is a stream of everything significant going on in the world. Few of us are aware that social networks, content discovery services, and even search engines like Google meticulously try to analyze our habits. By filtering out subjects that are unknown to us, they use algorithms to serve us information tailored specifically to our taste.
Well, 10 years ago Skype, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, Twitter, Tumblr, Dropbox, and Instagram didn’t exist. 20 years ago there were only 130 websites total, Google wasn’t even around yet, and you had to pay for an email account through an ISP. 30 years ago there was no internet. You can visit the One Second website to have more infos.
On the side of his daily workload, Bulgarian-born graphic artist, Yanko Tsvetkov draws maps. But it’s not the usual fare you might expect, instead, those are probably the most insulting and stereotypical maps you’ve seen to date. But at the same time, these are simply hilarious. Yanko got the idea while working in Spain and witnessing the intercultural disputes that are gripping the world right now. The sheer absurdity of how much is based on easily dismissable stereotypes got him to act, and so the Atlas of Prejudice was born. The atlas features a chapter titled ‘Tearing Europe Apart,’ which splits the continent by the most prominent stereotypes associated with the marked parts. We have it for you below, so just scroll to unveil it, but just don’t take it too seriously…
The maps below are mostly for American cities, but there are a few European cities in there too (alphabetical order). If there’s one quick (and expected) takeaway, it’s that people like to run by the water and in parks, probably to get away from cars and the scenery. In the smaller inland cities, there seem to be a few high-traffic roads with less running elsewhere.