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11 Classic Video Games You Can Play Online

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The Internet Archive hosts an Historical Software Collection, letting you play classic games online. It's a great way to show your kids what games were like in the good old days, without having to lug the old Apple or Atari out of the garage. Now let's fire up 11 classics and have some fun!

1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

The story surrounding E.T. for the Atari 2600 is so legendary I'll just send you over here to read about it. But you can also play it online and decide whether the game is good, bad, or ugly. Warning: if when you fall in a pit, it's really hard to get out.

2. Pac-Man (1982)

While the Atari 2600 400/800 version of Pac-Man wasn't as pretty as the arcade version, it was surprisingly solid. When you play this one online, keep in mind that F1 is the "start" key and the number pad on the keyboard is used for movement (there's a guide in the reviews here).

3. Pitfall! (1982)

For my money, Pitfall! was the most exciting Atari 2600 game. It featured running, jumping, and even crocodiles. Timing the jumps is the main skill here. It's a bummer that sound doesn't work yet—but I can hear the bleeps and bloops in my head while playing. Try not to fall into the pits!

4. Word Munchers (1985)

Did you spend time in a school computer lab in the '80s? If so, you were likely exposed to Word Munchers, the amazing grammar/pronunciation game. Play it to see how it compares with your memory! ("Get ready to munch words!")

5. Number Munchers (1986)

The hit sequel to Word Munchers, Number Munchers was the same idea, but for math. Get ready to munch numbers!

6. Karateka (1984)

I first played Karateka on an Apple IIe, and it blew my mind. The gameplay was shockingly fluid, and the cutscenes looked like a movie. Always remember to punch the hawk!

7. Akalabeth (1980)

Akalabeth: World of Doom is one of the earliest role-playing video games, and was designed by a teenaged Richard Garriott, who went on to design the hit Ultima series. While I never owned Akalabeth when it came out, now I can play it.

8. The Hobbit (1982)

The Hobbit was an illustrated text adventure. This one is really hard to play due to the weird layout of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum keyboard. (Fortunately, a map of that keyboard is provided below the game, so you can try to figure it out.)

9. Yars' Revenge (1982)

You play as a Yar in the oddly punctuated Yars' Revenge, trying to make your way through a barrier so you can fire a cannon as the evil Qotile. Or at least, that's what I remember. In any case, give it a shot. If you spot multiple Yars, give me a call.

10. Castle Wolfenstein (1981)

While I'm more of a fan of the much later Wolfenstein 3D, Castle Wolfenstein is a classic, introducing concepts later used more effectively in first-person shooters. Play it to see "the grandfather of the FPS." (And consult the reviews here for controls; otherwise it's utterly baffling.)

11. Choplifter (1982)

Choplifter is the rare game that started on personal computers and later made the leap to arcades. I played it on an Apple IIe at school, where I guess the educational value was rescuing tiny hostages. Note that for this one you need to use the number pad to move (ALT fires), and the number 0 turns the copter around.

(BONUS!)  The Print Shop

Okay, The Print Shop isn't a game, but I treated it as one. My favorite activity was making gigantic banners and watching the computer "think" as it prepared to print. While you can't print from this online version, it's insanely nostalgic to fire it up and make a folded card, banner, or sign.

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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.

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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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