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11 Bizarre Ways Tetris Has Been Played

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Tetris has cost me many hours. And I wasn't playing it on a pumpkin! Here's a roundup of the weirdest ways we've seen Tetris played—share yours in the comments.

1. On a Business Card

This is the Arduboy, a tiny prototype computer that's the size of a business card. Although the buttons and screen are tiny, that's definitely real Tetris. Complete with sound!

2. On a Skyscraper in Philadelphia

If tiny Tetris isn't your thing, how about gigantic Tetris?

3. On a Pumpkin

Built for Halloween 2012, Pumpktris is a full version of Tetris built into a Jack-o-Lantern. It's playable using the pumpkin's stem as a handle. And you can build your own (warning: extremely complicated).

4. Using People as Tetrominoes

Artist Guillaume Reymond has "performed" a bunch of video games using people and stop motion. Behold, Human Tetris (complete with "next" box in upper right:

5. Using Gummy Bears

Tetris is only a brief part of this gummy bear stop motion extravaganza made by Sam Q. Kim:

6. Using Waffles

One of Ten Tetris Treats is this DIY waffle version. No video, just a still. Because, let's face it, this game is going to end in a flood of syrup.

Image courtesy of Technabob.

7. Way Too Fast

This is a Tetris "line race," which you can file under "I didn't know humans could do this." What you're seeing here is a person trying to clear 40 lines in the minimum possible time. This is actually happening:

8. At MIT (On Another Building)

MIT is famous for its hacks. Perhaps the biggest is this transformation of the Green Building into a Tetris game. You can read all about this hack from MIT.

9. At Burning Man

At Burning Man, giant 20-foot "versus" matches of Tetris are held. Here's an example, though apparently in 2008 the game required players to climb a tower, and also projected players' images above their stacks. Anyway, here's a video from 2010's Burning Man Tetris:

10. Without Seeing the Stack

In some versions of Tetris: The Grand Master, the stack of tetrominoes at the bottom becomes invisible, forcing the player to memorize the positions of all the placed pieces (!). If you can survive this, you are truly a Tetris (Grand) Master.

11. Upside Down or Sideways

First Person Tetris is a bit funky; you rotate the entire world rather than the piece. Here's the least annoying playthrough video I could find, and you can try it yourself if you like!

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From Snoopy to Shark Bait: The Top Slang Word in Each State

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
20 States With the Highest Rates of Skin Cancer

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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