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11 Clearly Awesome Things

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Transparent gear? We see right through that gimmick ... and we like it.

1. Public restrooms

This glass-walled w.c. in Lausanne, Switzerland makes for a very public restroom. When visitors want privacy, all they have to do is press a button to activate the liquid crystal smart glass. Electricity switches the glazing of the glass from transparent to opaque and back again once they've taken care of business. (Watch it in action.) It's not the only see-through toilet: Back in 2004, artist Monica Bonvicini built a public restroom called "Don't Miss a Sec" out of one-way mirrors for Switzerland's Art Basel. The loo with a view has since been exhibited/used in London.

2. Canoe

What's even better than vacationing in a place with clear blue water? Seeing it all from your very expensive clear canoe! A transparent kayak is also available for a cool $6750.

3. Pinball machine

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It's hard enough finding a pinball machine, much less one that's completely naked. Pinball enthusiast and arcade owner Michael Schiess stripped this machine for the 2007 Pacific Pinball Expo and scored big.

4. Glass shells

Glass Shells

Artist Robert DuGrenier's hermit crab shells are just like the real thing, only made of decorative hand-blown glass. Your pet crab will eventually outgrow the gorgeous palace. In the meantime, you're privy to its every move.

5. Piano

Crystal Pianos

The musical term that best fits this clear piano: capriccioso—in a whimsical or fanciful style.

6. Toaster

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The Transparent Toaster is only a concept, but it might be the most beautiful hypothetical appliance we've ever seen.

7. TV

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Turn off this Loewe Invisio clear TV, and people might mistake it for a very large Transparent Toaster.

8. Bikes

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Clear goes the distance with the Clarity Bike. The transparent frame is made of Trivex, an alternative to polycarbonate.

But if that's too subtle, you can try DIY artist Jimmy Kuenle's invisible bike with Lexan panels. It'll certainly get you noticed, even without the matching outfit.

9. Car

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Or you could just drive to work. This Nissan hybrid prototype is appropriately called the Panorama. Meanwhile, these other clear concept cars are racing to the finish.

10. Cellphone

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Get ready. If this Polytron prototype becomes a reality, your cellphone will be even easier to lose.

11. Glass-bottom plane

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What if every aisle seat were also a window seat? On April 1, Virgin Atlantic announced the debut of the world's first glass-bottomed plane. Alas, it was just an April Fool's joke. For now.

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From Snoopy to Shark Bait: The Top Slang Word in Each State
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There’s a minute, and then there’s a hot minute. Defined as “a longish amount of time,” this unit of time is familiar to Alabamians but may stir up confusion beyond the state’s borders.

It’s Louisianans, though, who feel the “most misunderstood,” according to the results of a survey regarding regional slang by PlayNJ. Of the Louisiana residents surveyed, 72 percent said their fellow Americans from other states—even neighboring ones—have a hard time grasping their lingo. Some learned the hard way that ordering a burger “dressed” (with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo) isn’t universally understood, nor is the phrase “to pass a good time” (instead of “to have” a good time).

After surveying 2000 people (with proportional numbers from each state), PlayNJ created a map showing the top slang word in each state. Many are words that are unlikely to be understood beyond state lines, but others—like California’s bomb (something you really like) and New York’s deadass (to be completely serious)—have spread well beyond their respective borders thanks to memes and internet culture.

Hawaiians are also known for their distinctive slang words, with 71 percent reporting that words like shaka (hello) and poho (waste of time) are frequently misunderstood. Shark bait, one of the state’s more colorful terms, refers to tourists who are so pale that they attract sharks.

Check out the full list below and test your knowledge of regional slang words with PlayNJ’s online quiz.

A chart showing the top slang words in each state
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20 States With the Highest Rates of Skin Cancer
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They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing. Floridians get to soak up the sun year-round, but that exposure to harmful UV rays also comes with consequences. Prevention magazine reported that Florida has the highest rate of skin cancer in the U.S., according to a survey by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS).

BCBS surveyed 9 million of its insured members who had been diagnosed with skin cancer between 2014 and 2016 and found that Florida had the highest rate of skin cancer at 7.1 percent. People living in eastern states tend to be more prone to skin cancer, and diagnoses are more common among women.

Here are the 20 states with the highest rates of skin cancer:

1. Florida: 7.1 percent
2. Washington, D.C.: 5.8 percent
3. Connecticut: 5.6 percent
4. Maryland: 5.3 percent
5. Rhode Island: 5.3 percent
6. Vermont: 5.3 percent
7. North Carolina: 5.2 percent
8. New York: 5 percent
9. Massachusetts: 5 percent
10. Colorado: 5 percent
11. Arizona: 5 percent
12. Virginia: 5 percent
13. Delaware: 4.8 percent
14. Kentucky: 4.7 percent
15. Alabama: 4.7 percent
16. New Jersey: 4.7 percent
17. Georgia: 4.7 percent
18. West Virginia: 4.5 percent
19. Tennessee: 4.5 percent
20. South Carolina: 4.4 percent

It may come as a surprise that sunny California doesn’t make the top 20, and Hawaii is the state with the lowest rate of skin cancer at 1.8 percent. Prevention magazine explains that this could be due to the large population of senior citizens in Florida and the fact that the risk of melanoma, a rare but deadly type of skin cancer, increases with age. People living in regions with higher altitudes also face a greater risk of skin cancer due to the thinner atmosphere and greater exposure to UV radiation, which explains why Colorado is in the top 10.

The good news is that the technology used to detect skin cancer is improving, and researchers hope that AI can soon be incorporated into more skin cancer screenings. To reduce your risk, be sure to wear SPF 30+ sunscreen when you know you’ll be spending time outside, and don’t forget to reapply it every two hours. 

[h/t Prevention]

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