This Map Shows How Much Pizza Costs Across the U.S.

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Breaking down the costs of a classic margherita pizza

We all know pizza styles vary dramatically from city to city (see: the great Chicago vs. New York pizza rivalry) — but what about prices? The folks over at Eater set out to determine just how much the cost of pizza (specifically classic margherita pizza) varies across the nation and created this handy infographic to illustrate their findings.

To create an accurate index, Eater only analyzed pies from VPN-certified pizzerias. (VPN stands for Verace Pizza Napoletana.) To be certified, pizzas must adhere to a code that includes the following rules: cheese must be mozzarella di bufala campana D.O.P, mozzarella S.T.G., or a certified Fior di Latte, olive oil must be extra virgin, basil must be fresh and salt must be from the sea.

Turns out the cheapest VPN-certified pizzas can be found in Kentucky, and the most expensive can be found in New York, the Bay Area, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The national average is $13.21

For pizza fans on a budget, this map could actually be a useful guide. For example, if you’re for some reason torn between visiting Kentucky and Connecticut, might as well go for Kentucky so you can eat cheap pizza to your heart’s content.

(h/t Eater)


Watch Musicians Play 43 Cartoon Theme Songs in Under 5 Minutes at Carnegie Hall

Can you recognize all of them?

Can you spot all 43 cartoon theme songs played by these musicians in just under five minutes at Carnegie Hall? The medley is performed by Ensemble ACJW, a partnership between The Juilliard School, The Weill Music Institute and the New York City Department of Education.

We’ll help you with some: the theme songs from Dora the Explorer, Pink Panther, and Pokémon are definitely there. See if you can figure out the other 40. And if you’re stumped, the full list is in the YouTube description.


Women May Fake Orgasms to Have an Actual Orgasm, Study Says

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Yes, women fake it to boost their partner's ego, out of insecurity and to just get the darn experience over with. But a new study suggests women also fake it 'til they make it.

The mystery of the faked orgasm is no trivial issue: research suggests that up to 80 percent of women faking the big O. And everyone seems to have an opinion about why a woman would fake an orgasm.

On Masters of Sex, the fictional version of sex researcher Virginia Johnson informed William Masters that a women fake orgasms so they can back to other more important things. Sally explained to Harry that women were just faking orgasms to boost his ego—and demonstrated how easily women can do that—in When Harry Met Sally. Cosmo has given us a wide range of explanations, including insecurities about asking their partner for the things they really want.

Finally science has weighed in and it turns out that Virginia, Sally and Cosmo were all correct, according to a new study published in the Journal of Sexual Archives.

But that’s not the exciting part.

The recently released research revealed a novel and surprising reason for feigned ecstasy: some women may be faking orgasms in an effort to, well, orgasm. Researchers at Temple University and Kenyon College surveyed 481 sexually active heterosexual females who were not in serious relationships. You, know, members of the sort-of fake, overhyped college hookup culture.

According to the study, there were four main factors that influenced women to fake orgasms. Here they are ranked in order of prevalence:

1. Altruistic deceit — faking orgasm out of concern for a partner’s feelings

2. Fear and Insecurity — faking orgasm to avoid negative emotions associated with the sexual experience

3. Elevated Arousal — a woman’s attempt to increase her own arousal through faking orgasm

4. Sexual Adjournment — faking orgasm to end sex

Yes, it’s true. Women fake it for selfish reasons too. Those who participated in the study were more likely to pretend to have an orgasm in order to work themselves up to an actual orgasm than to stop sex altogether. If you believe in the power of positive thinking, the theory makes sense. If you envision yourself achieving a goal, you will achieve it. Plus, if faking an orgasm gets your partner more excited, seeing him excited may excite you.

One caveat: Earlier research indicates that women having casual sex, like the women in this new study are less likely to orgasm that those in serious relationships. Again, that makes sense, the more comfortable you are with a partner, the easier it is to communicate with them what turns you on and the easier it is to be selfish. It’s not surprise that women are reaching into their sexual toolbox to find more ways to arouse themselves.

TIME technology

Quit Texting All the Time Because You Might Get WhatsAppitis

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One doctor says it's a real thing, caused by too much smartphone use

A 34-year-old woman in Granada complaining of sore wrists was diagnosed with “WhatsAppitis” — named for the popular instant messaging service WhatsApp — after the doctor ruled out carpal tunnel syndrome and nerve damage, the Guardian reports.

The woman had spent at least six hours with her phone in her hands, exerting her thumbs to respond to a deluge of messages she had received. Soon, she felt pain in both her wrists.

Prestigious medical journal the Lancet wrote about the diagnosis, explaining that the treatment consisted of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Sure, fine. But treatment also included — wait for it — “complete abstinence from using the phone to send messages.” (Gasp!) Because the woman was pregnant, however, she only took acetaminophen and also, she did not completely abstain from smartphone messaging.

The Lancet warns doctors to be mindful of disorders like this, but perhaps it should also warn everyone to be mindful of, you know, not spending six continuous hours texting.

TIME nation

“Burger King Baby” Finally Meets Birth Mom

This March 2, 2014, file photo, provided by Katheryn Deprill that she posted on Facebook, shows Deprill holding a sign that says she is seeking her birth mother. Courtesy of Katheryn Deprill / AP

Katheryn Deprill says she felt "pure joy" after meeting her biological mother Monday.

Twenty-seven years after being abandoned in the bathroom of a Burger King in Allentown, Pennsylvania when she was just a few hours old, Katheryn Deprill finally met her biological mother Monday after recently launching a social media campaign to track her down, The Morning Call and the Associated Press report.

The birth mother — whose identity has not been revealed — got in touch with attorney John Waldron after seeing the news coverage of the photo that Deprill posted on Facebook on Mar. 2. Her plea has been shared more than 33,000 times.

Nicknamed “Burger King Baby,” Katheryn Deprill, 27, told The Morning Call, “The first thing I got was my hug that I wanted.” She said that seeing her mother was “pure joy” and that the two look so much alike that it was like “looking in the mirror.”

As the AP recounts attorney John Waldron’s description of the difficult circumstances that led to Deprill’s birth mother abandoning her newborn on Sept. 15, 1986:

The woman said that, as a 16-year-old, she was raped while traveling abroad and became pregnant. The woman said she hid the pregnancy from her parents and, after giving birth in her bedroom, felt she could not take her newborn to the hospital because she would have to answer questions.

Found wrapped in a red sweater, Deprill was adopted by Brenda and Carl Hollis and is now an emergency technician and mother of three.

After a four-hour reunion, Deprill understands why her birth mother made the decision that she made, telling CNN affiliate WFMZ, “She left me somewhere she knew I’d be found. She did not want to throw me away.”

MORE: “Burger King Baby” Launched Facebook Campaign to Find Her Biological Mother

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Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” Video Without Music Is Completely Creepy

It's Stalkerrific!

Picture it: You’re a woman walking alone down a darkened city street when a man emerges from the shadows and shouts, “HEY!” As his voice echoes harshly through the night, you walk faster and faster. He follows you, ominously close, and then he starts to …dance.

That’s the storyline in Michael Jackson’s video for “The Way You Make Me Feel,” but it’s hard to notice how starkly terrifying the scene is because the upbeat pop music masks the sinister undertone.

In the latest installment of YouTube series Musicless Musicvideo, the music is removed from the video and the creepy scenario springs to life. Watch, but be warned–you will never view this video the same way again.

[via Dangerous Minds]

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NASA Is Letting People Choose Its Next Uber-Techy Spacesuit

Here are the options...

NASA is making space nerds’ dreams come true: They can vote on what the next spacesuit design will look like. (First Cosmos and now this? It’s space nerd Christmas!)

The Z-1 Spacesuit — named one of TIME’s best innovations of 2012, FYI — is upgrading to a Z-2, made with the help of 3D human laser scans and 3D-printed hardware. To fully engage its core audience, NASA is allowing its fans to pick which high tech design will be built. Here are the options, each with a subtly different theme:

1. Biomimicry

This suit is meant to look like the world’s oceans:


And to embrace the “bioluminescent qualities of aquatic creatures found at incredible depths,” it also glows in the dark:


2. Technology

This design uses Luminex wire and light-emitting patches:


3. Trends in Society

This is what NASA thinks a spacesuit would look like if it was ‘reflective of what every day clothes may look like in the not too distant future”:


And here’s the 2012 Z-1:


People can vote here.

Of course, like most awesome things on the Internet, there’s a bit of a catch. The spacesuit isn’t actually space friendly. According to the frequently asked questions section, it isn’t designed to fly in space because the outer layers doesn’t have the functionality of “micrometeroite, thermal and radiation protection.” This is a prototype used primarily for aesthetics. Womp womp.

TIME nation

Firefighter Rescues a Worker Dangling From a Burning Apartment Building

No injuries were reported, and all of the construction workers got out safely

A firefighter rescued a construction worker who was ready to jump from a ledge just in the nick of time Tuesday, as strong winds produced a massive fire that burned down a Houston apartment complex that was under construction, Associated Press reports.

In video shot from a nearby office by a woman named Karen Jones, the worker can be seen climbing down from the fifth floor ledge to the one below and then the fifth floor breaking apart right after the worker crawled onto a firefighter’s extension ladder.

What started out as a small rooftop fire at the $50 million apartment complex that witnesses say started around 12:30 p.m. yesterday became a blaze that 200 emergency personnel brought under control after two-and-a-half hours.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it is possible that welders working on the roof started it, according to Houston Fire Department Deputy Chief Greg Lewis.

Below is the full two-and-a-half-minute video of the rescue, which the AP has also published:

TIME Humor

What Gwyneth Paltrow Really Means by ‘Conscious Uncoupling:’ A Goop-to-English Dictionary

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The actress also known as Goop is rebranding her divorce as 'conscious uncoupling.' What else will she rebrand in her post-Martin world?

Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t eat cereal, she eats quinoa granola with olive oil. She doesn’t go to the gym, she does “brain activated” Tracy Anderson Method dance cardio. And she doesn’t get divorced from the father of her two children, she “consciously uncouples” from him, as she explained in an announcement posted on her lifestyle website, Goop.com.

Apparently Paltrow wants to differentiate herself from all those people who get divorced while unconscious.

She and her website seem to hate messy emotions about as much as they hate gluten, cupcakes, and lying around on the couch like a normal person. That’s why she’s choosing to “consciously uncouple” from her musician husband Chris Martin instead of going through the painful and often enraging process of splitting up a family like the rest of us do when a marriage isn’t working.

The uncoupling announcement caused such a traffic hit to Goop.com that it crashed the site. This intense interest in how Goop would handle divorce seems to open up all kinds of new marketing possibilities to Paltrow. After all she’s already told us how she managed to uncouple herself from post-partem weight, processed foods, tasteless home decor and general sloth. Now she can tell us how to uncouple ourselves from all the awful parts of divorce so we can be happy, gluten-free single parents.

But before we get onboard with Paltrow’s latest bit of transformational lifestyle advice, we might want to learn a little more about this “conscious uncoupling” she speaks of.

Therapist “Transformational Teacher” Katherine Woodward Thomas spends almost an hour explaining “conscious uncoupling” with her soft-spoken bearded friend in this “Cutting Edge Consciousness” video for people who have nothing else to do. Thomas says “conscious uncoupling” is a five-week process (like a cleanse?) in which individuals “devote themselves to a conscious process” of getting over a relationship without bitterness so that you don’t turn your “soul-mate” into “soul-hate.” You have to “midwife” the “the energy of your emotions” in order to use the “energy of transformation” for a “constructive expression.” Dr. Thomas says Nelson Mandela is a perfect example of this kind of consciousness–because being in jail for 26 years is kind of like getting over a breakup.

If you’re confused, you’re not alone. Here’s a handy (made-up) Goop to English translator to help you understand other post-divorce life events that may one day befall Gwyneth Paltrow and her family.

Dictionary of 10 Goopy Terms:

“Time Managed Co-Parenting” = Joint custody

“Compassionate Post-Conscious-Uncoupling Resource Distribution” = Alimony

“Toxin” = Candy

“Youthful Journey-Finding” = When daughter Apple says “I want to go to Dad’s house where there’s candy!”

“Maintaining Post-Pleasure Tranquility” = Making sure new boyfriend sneaks out before kids wake up

“Embracing Joyous Change” = Introducing kids to new boyfriend

“Accepting a New Element” = Introducing kids to dad’s new girlfriend

“Intergenerational Quality Time for Love and Learning” = When Grandma comes to stay for two weeks so you can go to Fiji with new boyfriend

“Tolerating the Expansion of Horizons” = When dad’s new girlfriend gives Moses a pack of Twizzlers

“A Communal Tranquility Event” = When all four parents and step-parents are at the school play

Congratulations! Now you’re fluent in Goop.

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Baby North Totally Peed On Kanye During Their Vogue Shoot

How could she be so heartless?

So much for Vogue being all about poise and glamour.

On Late Night Tuesday, Kim Kardashian told Seth Meyers a fun fact about her recent top-secret photo shoot for the fashion magazine with fiance Kanye West and their baby, North. Apparently nine-month-old North totally peed on Kanye while she was lying nude on the rapper’s chest during the portrait session by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz.

We assume Kanye was like, “North, I keep telling you not to pee on me!” and then she was like, “Excuse me, was you saying something? Uh, uh, you can’t tell me nothing.”

We’ll see ourselves out.

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