Meet the 14-Year-Old Girl Who Plans to Complete the 'Polar Hat Trick'

Most 14-year-olds are focused on tasks like mastering algebra. Jade Hameister, a teenager from Melbourne, Australia, dreams of conquering the Arctic and Antarctica. According to the BBC, Hameister hopes to become the youngest person ever to cross the North Pole, South Pole, and the Greenland Crossing—a feat called the “Polar Hat Trick.”

Hameister will embark on three separate trips over the next two years. Next week, she will leave for Oslo for four days of preparation and training, Mashable reports. Then, she’ll be flown to a temporary base, where she’ll begin her trip to the North Pole. Hameister will ski across more than 140 miles of frozen Arctic Ocean to reach her final destination, dragging a sled the entire way. The entire excursion is expected to take about three weeks.

In April 2017, Hameister will attempt the Greenland crossing, and in the summer of 2017 she’ll tackle the South Pole. If Hameister completes each leg of the journey, she will have covered 1243 miles.

But the active teen is no stranger to high-intensity endurance sports. She competed in triathalons and hiked Mt. Kosciuszko—Australia’s highest peak—all by the age of 6. However, Hameister's inspiration to complete the Polar Hat Trick came from the time she trekked the Everest Camp when she was 12. There, Hameister met an Icelandic woman who had skied the South Pole alone, as well as the first woman to summit Everest without oxygen. Inspired, Hameister began planning her own journey.

Hameister has spent the past year preparing for the polar hat trick, attending a survival skill training camp in New Zealand and learning how to ski. However, she won’t attempt the grueling trips alone. She will be accompanied by her father, Paul, the 12th Australian to climb the Seven Summits (including Everest) as well as Eric Phillips Oam, the Australian polar explorer who, along with his partner, was the first Aussie to ski both the North and South Poles, and Petter Nyquist, a cinematographer who will film Hameister’s journey for a National Geographic documentary. The documentary will air in July as part of a series on adventurous young women around the world, The Herald Sun says.

Feeling inspired? Learn more about the Hameister in the video above, follow Hameister’s journey on Instagram, or visit her website for more information.

[h/t BBC]

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The Most Searched Shows on Netflix in 2017, By State

Orange is the New Black is the new black, at least as far as Netflix viewers are concerned. The women-in-prison dramedy may have premiered in 2013, but it’s still got viewers hooked. Just as they did in 2017, took a deep dive into Netflix analytics using Google Trends to find out which shows people in each state were searching Netflix for throughout the year. While there was a little bit of crossover between 2016 and 2017, new series like American Vandal and Mindhunter gave viewers a host of new content. But that didn’t stop Orange is the New Black from dominating the map; it was the most searched show in 15 states.

Coming in at a faraway second place was American Vandal, a new true crime satire that captured the attention of five states (Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Even more impressive is the fact that the series premiered in mid-September, meaning that it found a large and rabid audience in a very short amount of time.

Folks in Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon were all destined to be disappointed; Star Trek: Discovery was the most searched-for series in each of these states, but it’s not yet available on Netflix in America (you’ve got to get CBS All Access for that, folks). Fourteen states broke the mold a bit with shows that were unique to their state only; this included Big Mouth in Delaware, The Keepers in Maryland, The OA in Pennsylvania, GLOW in Rhode Island, and Black Mirror in Hawaii.

Check out the map above to see if your favorite Netflix binge-watch matches up with your neighbors'. For more detailed findings, visit

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Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

[h/t Thrillist]


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