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The Top-Viewed Wikipedia Pages for Every Day of 2014

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Ever wonder which Wikipedia page people are visiting the most on a daily basis? Quartz crunched data from the English-language Wikipedia to find out, and combined the results in a fun interactive calendar. Here are the top results from the first day of every month:

January 1: Cher, because why not Cher?

February 1: Harriet Tubman, who was honored that day in a Google Doodle celebrating Black History Month.

March 1: Crimea, a region in the Ukraine that has since been annexed by Russia. On March 1, the Russian parliament approved troop deployment in the Ukraine. (More detail on the crisis can be found on this Wikipedia page.)

April 1: How I Met Your Mother, a CBS sitcom that aired its season finale March 31. It held onto the top spot on April 2, too.

May 1: May Day, a spring festival.

June 1: O. Gabriel, a page that doesn't actually exist (more explanation for why that might have happened below). 

July 1: Malware, also the top page for June 30. This could be tied to a lawsuit Microsoft filed to disrupt Bladabindi-Jenxcus, which, according to the company's blog, is "a pervasive family of malware that put millions of customers at risk."

August 1: Alliteration, defined by as "a stylistic device in which a number of words, having the same first consonant sound, occur close together in a series." Alliteration is the top result from July 29 to August 4. 

September 1: LASIK, an acronym of Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis, a surgery that corrects vision.

October 1: Queen II, the second studio album released by Queen

November 1: Online shopping, which remains in the top spot through November 7. Clearly, Wikipedia users had holiday presents on the mind.

December 1: Flower, also the top search for December 2.

"Many of the top results follow big news events," writes Nikhil Sonnad. "Some results are odd. Because the data measure pageviews and not unique visitors, they are subject to distortion from bots, or software that requests pages programatically," which might explain the 175,638 visitors of the non-existent O. Gabriel page. "Others," Sonnad sums up, "can simply be attributed to the unpredictability of the internet." Click here for the full calendar.

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National Geographic Ranks The 25 Happiest Cities in the Country
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Feeling unhappy? Maybe it's time to move. National Geographic recently released rankings of the 25 happiest cities in the U.S. The results: Eight of the 25 locations are in the Golden State, but the honor of No. 1 happiest city goes to Boulder, Colorado.

The rankings are based on 250,000 interviews conducted in 190 metropolitan areas between 2014 and 2015. The survey—developed by Dan Buettner, author of the new book The Blue Zones of Happiness, and Dan Witters, a senior scientist at Gallup—looked for data points that are correlated with life satisfaction and happiness, like whether or not you exercise, if you feel safe in your community, whether you feel like you live within your means, and whether you feel like you are reaching your goals.

A map of the U.S. showing which cities made the top 25 happiest cities index.
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Of course, all that isn’t necessarily the result of your geographical location. But you don’t see cities like Los Angeles or New York—where wealth is also clustered—on the list, so presumably San Franciscans are doing something a little differently.

Take a look for yourself. Here are the 25 happiest places in the U.S., according to the results.

1. Boulder, Colorado
2. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
3. Charlottesville, Virginia
4. Fort Collins, Colorado
5. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, California
6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
7. Provo-Orem, Utah
8. Bridgeport-Stamford, Connecticut
9. Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
10. Anchorage, Alaska
11. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida
12. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California
13. Salinas, California
14. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
15. Urban Honolulu, Hawaii
16. Ann Arbor, Michigan
17. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California
18. Colorado Springs, Colorado
19. Manchester-Nashua, New Hampshire
20. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
21. Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Virginia/Maryland/West Virginia
22. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota/Wisconsin
23. San Diego-Carlsbad, California
24. Portland-South Portland, Maine
25. Austin-Round Rock, Texas

You can grab a copy of November’s National Geographic to read more about the world’s happiest places.

The cover of Dan Buettner’s The Blue Zones of Happiness and the cover of November 2017’s National Geographic.
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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]


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