The Most Fun States in America, Ranked

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You don't need to book a trip abroad to have a good time this summer. There are plenty of destinations packed with enjoyable activities right here in the U.S. WalletHub recently ranked the most fun states to visit in America, and the interactive map below can help you choose the best one for your next vacation.

To rank the states, the financial advisory website looked at 26 factors that could affect how much you enjoy your vacation in two categories: entertainment and recreation, and nightlife. This included data on access to beaches and national parks, the cost of food and drink, and the number of entertainment venues in each state. Metrics like weather and the total number of attractions were weighted more heavily than factors like the number of golf courses and arcades per capita.

The darker the color on the map, the higher that state scored overall, meaning it offers more entertainment options and better prices than other regions. California came out on top with a total score of 59.42 out of 100. It ranked first in the entertainment and recreation category, and seventh for nightlife. The runner-up was New York, with an overall score of 57.39, followed by Nevada (55.28), and Florida (54.63).

Because "most fun" is such a subjective title, WalletHub also broke the rankings down into more specific categories. While Alaska ranks 32nd overall, it takes the top slot when it comes to access to national parks. Vermont is the best state for skiing facilities, and North Dakota dominates in terms of government spending on parks and recreation.

Hover your cursor over the map above to see how your state ranks—and to start planning your next fun-filled getaway. You can take a deeper look at the different categories on WalletHub.

Watch the Museum of London's Fatberg Sweat and Grow Mold in Real Time

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Unlike most other museums exhibits, the fatberg sample at the Museum of London is constantly changing. The chunk of congealed grease and garbage changes color, sweats, and even produces broods of freshly hatched flies. Now, The Guardian reports that you can stay up-to-date on the fatberg's ever-shifting status by livestreaming it into your home.

On August 14, the Museum of London debuted its live FatCam on its website. The dried-out fat glob in the video is one of the last remaining samples of the Whitechapel fatberg, a 143-ton mass consisting of oil poured down sink drains and city litter that was discovered in London's sewer system in September 2017.

From February 9 to July 1, 2018, the museum displayed the unique artifact under three layers of cases for visitors to see. The object proved difficult to preserve, and curators weren't entirely sure it would make it to the end of its exhibition, let alone survive to see another showing.

The fatberg has since been quarantined in the museum's archives. Rather than alter the fatberg to keep it around as long as possible, the museum has decided to broadcast its gradual demise to the world.

In the month since the sample has been taken off display and placed in a special case, drastic changes have been documented. Yellow pustules have surfaced on the fatberg's exterior—a sign of what conservators have determined is the toxic mold aspergillus. The object likely grew the spores when it was on display and only now have they become visible.

Dangerous mold and other organisms living within the crevices of the fat mounds are some of the reasons why the sample is no longer available to view in person. For a safer and slightly less disgusting view of the fatberg, check out the live stream below.

[h/t The Guardian]

Delta and Equinox Teamed Up to Create Jet Lag-Fighting Workouts

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When traveling across time zones, jet lag is practically unavoidable. The temporary condition disrupts your internal body clock, making you feel groggy and irritable.

Hitting the town once you land at your destination, let alone working out, may seem out of the question. However, exercise is one of the best things you can do for your jet-lagged body, and you'll feel much better afterward.

Delta Air Lines and Equinox Fitness have teamed up to create a series of equipment-free workouts that specifically target jet lag, according to Travel + Leisure. Three videos guide viewers through three rounds of exercise, each targeting a different region—upper body, lower body, and core.

Viewers can select one round (or more) and do each of the featured moves for one minute, then repeat each move two more times. If doing all three rounds, it would take about 30 minutes to complete the main portion of the workout. A cool-down video has also been created to take viewers through some guided stretches.

The workout is low-impact and aims to reduce stiffness and wake up your senses. It’s recommended that the workout be done 12 to 24 hours after landing.

"This is when your body is most vulnerable and susceptible to time zone changes, so working out in this time can resync your circadian rhythm, lower your cortisol levels, and impact circulation and mobility,” Equinox group fitness manager Dana McCaw tells Travel + Leisure.

The workout videos, which are posted on YouTube, can be watched below:

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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