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How Many Websites Are On The Internet?

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The Internet is a fickle place. That isn’t an abstraction or figure of speech—the capriciousness of the World Wide Web is actually completely quantifiable, and you can see it in flux at any given moment on Internet Live Stats.

While the number of websites in existence is roughly 1 billion, pages are being born and are dying at such a rapid pace that the stat didn’t even stay consistent in the time it took me to write out the number 936,770,983. As The Atlantic notes, it’s difficult to define life and death online because defining a site itself is tricky, and that’s only the beginning.

You’d think that the number of webpages would only grow, but, in fact, the current number is down from a peak that surpassed 1 billion last year. Webpages usually disappear after only a few months (the usual lifespan is around 100 days), and, according to The Atlantic, about three-quarters of all websites are live but inactive. (Looking at you, person who’s squatting on JackRussellTerrier.com.)

While the number of websites is on a general uptick (there were only about 3,000 sites two decades ago), it’s interesting to consider whether the internet will ever top out. In the meantime, it’s pretty remarkable to watch the ever-changing number of active users, emails sent, and Googles Googled.

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You Can Now Order Food Through Facebook
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After a bit of controversy over its way of aggregating news feeds and some questionable content censoring policies, it’s nice to have Facebook roll out a feature everyone can agree on: allowing you to order food without leaving the social media site.

According to a press release, Facebook says that the company decided to begin offering food delivery options after realizing that many of its users come to the social media hub to rate and discuss local eateries. Rather than hop from Facebook to the restaurant or a delivery service, you’ll be able to stay within the app and select from a menu of food choices. Just click “Order Food” from the Explore menu on a desktop interface or under the “More” option on Android or iOS devices. There, you’ll be presented with options that will accept takeout or delivery orders, as well as businesses participating with services like Delivery.com or EatStreet.

If you need to sign up and create an account with Delivery.com or Jimmy John’s, for example, you can do that without leaving Facebook. The feature is expected to be available nationally, effective immediately.

[h/t Forbes]

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The Seemingly Simple ‘Math’ Problem That Stumped the Internet
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If you’re a regular Mental Floss reader, you know that we love a good brain teaser. And the one below, which originated on Facebook and has been shared more than 150,000 times, is a great one to test just how sharp you are on a Friday evening at the end of a long workweek.

It’s a seemingly simple enough task: spot the error. Your time starts now…

We’ll give you a minute …

And a little space for you to scroll down to find the answer …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you figure it out?

The “mistake” is that the word “mistake” is misspelled on the instruction sheet on the left. If you missed that completely, you’re not alone: the grid of numbers is what immediately grabs your attention.

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