August 2017


This Is the New Most-Watched YouTube Video of All Time

“Despacito” does it again. This time, the Spanish-language song from Luis Fonsi, featuring reggaeton king Daddy Yankee, has finally taken the crown as the most-watched video on YouTube. (Last month, it nabbed the title as most-streamed song of all time, with more than 4.6 billion streams on combined platforms.) On Friday, “Despacito” beat out Wiz…


Dog having a spa day is more relaxed than you’ll ever imagine


Bath running? Check. Cucumbers? Check. Faithful rubber ducky? All check.

Diesel Minnie is the dog having one of the most luxurious baths of them all. Diesel is usually hard at work posing for photos on his Instagram account, so this relaxing bath-in-a-sink is probably long overdue for him.

Let this video of Diesel relax you as you try to pretend you’re the one with cool cucumbers over your eyes and the calming smell of rosemary mint shampoo ready to take you away to your happy place. Read more…

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Sad poop, bagel emoji could bless our phones in 2018


Soon, we might be able to Venmo our friends for a bagel without using “donut emoji minus chocolate emoji” as the caption. Just me? OK.

Per Emojipedia, 67 new emoji have been announced as “draft candidates” for Unicode’s 2018 emoji rollout. This means that they could be coming to your phones in 2018 — but no promises.

Image: Emojipedia

Other draft pick highlights include a cupcake (cute!), a roll of toilet paper (great for roommates!), a hippo (Fiona!), and a frowning poop emoji (how we all feel every day!). For women at the mercy of sexist office air conditioning, there’s also a cold, blue face. Read more…

More about Apple, Emoji, Poop Emoji, Culture, and Web Culture


Activists are trolling this authoritarian leader one viral video at a time


Sometimes it’s hard to discern a parody from its original. 

Like in this bizarre propaganda footage above, showing the 60-year-old president of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov in full military uniform and dark sunglasses, firing Putin-style and with extreme precision at targets with an automatic rifle, pistol and even knives.

However, this video is actually a parody, created by opposition website in exile Khronika Turkmenistana (The Chronicle of Turkmenistan), as the first few seconds reveal. 

In the edited version, which ironically went viral with more than 300,000 views, shots of Arnold Schwarzenegger suiting up and arming himself with several weapons in the 1985 action movie Commando pave the way for Berdymukhamedov’s military show-off.  Read more…

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We’re Looking For A Fall 2017 Art And Design Intern

FiveThirtyEight is hiring an art and design intern for the fall. Are you the kind of candidate we’re looking for? Are you someone who loves telling stories using photography, illustration and design and is considering a career in visual journalism? You probably draw things to demonstrate a point. You probably spend longer editing the photos, […]


Grandma can’t help but show off her moves when ‘Despacito’ comes on


“Despacito” is such the hottest Song of the Summer that even grandparents have dancing fever whenever they hear it.

Irish grandma Pat Fortune was caught dancing to “Despacito” by her daughter Caroline Fortune-Loughrey as the song blasted out of a car’s radio. Another woman even joins Grandma Pat while she shows off her moves because the song is just too contagious. 

Fortune-Loughrey told her mom is “the most positive person [she’s] ever known.” And those dance moves show it.

She also said of the dancing grandma, “She is so independent and loves every minute of life.” So keep rocking out, Grandma Pat. Read more…

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The Job Market Is Having A ‘Goldilocks’ Moment

The U.S. job market’s long recovery is going strong — and there are signs it still has room to run. U.S. employers added 209,000 jobs in July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. That was modestly better than economists’ expectations; more significantly, it marked the 82nd straight month of job growth, a record. The […]


Is This Bathroom Occupied?

Welcome to The Riddler. Every week, I offer up problems related to the things we hold dear around here: math, logic and probability. There are two types: Riddler Express for those of you who want something bite-sized and Riddler Classic for those of you in the slow-puzzle movement. Submit a correct answer for either, and […]


Significant Digits For Friday, August 4, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 1 giant airplane Boeing took a new set of test engines out for a spin on Wednesday night and — needing 18 hours of time in the air to test the engines’ endurance — set about tracing the outline of a […]