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The Most Popular Reality TV Show in Each State

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In what seems like no time at all, reality television has gone from being a guilty pleasure to something worth setting a reminder for. Now that there are reality shows entering double-digit seasons and others that have spawned multiple spin-offs, reality TV has more than established itself as a real genre, and fans have pledged their unwavering devotion. To see just where those loyalties lie, CableTV.com analyzed Google Trends data to create a map that details each state's favorite reality show.

According to the map, Hoarders leads the pack as the favorite reality series in five states while Shark Tank and America's Next Top Model claim four states apiece. Keeping Up With the Kardashians is the favorite show in its home state of California (Arizona loves it, too), while Pawn Stars owns Nevada, where it is based. But location isn't everything: Long Island Medium is reportedly the most popular reality show in Delaware, but not in New York (the Empire State prefers Ru Paul's Drag Race, though Mob Wives and Long Island Medium round out the top three).

"Generally, viewers love to indulge in reality shows that reflect their own regional interests," according to CableTV.com. On its website, the company also listed each state's top three shows and included facts about the states to provide context for the kinds of people who are watching each show. "California is in the top three [states] nationally for income and median house price, so they know a thing or two about how it feels to keep up with the Kardashians," CableTV writes.

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Mount Jackson Loses Spot as UK's Tallest Mountain After Satellite Reveals Measurement Error
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Geography textbook writers, take note: The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has just made a major correction to its old data. As Independent reports, satellite imagery reveals that Mount Hope in the British Atlantic Territory is 1236 feet taller than previously believed, unseating Mount Jackson as the UK’s tallest peak.

BAS realized the old height was incorrect after surveying mountains in Britain’s Antarctic territory using satellite technology. Inaccurate measurements pose a threat to planes flying over the mountains, and with the mapping project BAS intended to make the route safer for aircraft.

Prior to the survey, Mount Jackson was thought to be the tallest mountain in the British Atlantic Territory and the greater UK at 10,446 feet, the BBC reports. But after reviewing the new elevation data, BAS found that Mount Hope bests it by just 180 feet. Reaching 10,627 feet at its summit, Mount Hope is officially Britain’s tallest mountain.

Historically, mountains were measured on the ground using basic math equations. By measuring the distance between two points at the base of a mountain and calculating the angle between the top of the mountain and each point, researchers could estimate its height. But this method leaves a lot of room for error, and today surveyors use satellites circling the globe to come up with more precise numbers.

Because they’re both located in Antarctica, neither of the two tallest mountains in the UK is a popular climbing destination. British thrill-seekers usually choose Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, as their bucket-list mountain of choice—but at just 4413 at its highest point, climbing it would be a breeze compared to conquering Mount Hope.

[h/t Independent]

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The Most Popular Christmas Candy in Each State, Mapped
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For those who didn’t get their full candy fix last Halloween, the holiday season provides plenty of opportunities to indulge. From candy canes to chocolate Santas, there’s something for everyone—but before splurging on sweet stocking stuffers, check out the interactive map below. Created by bulk candy retailer CandyStore.com, it breaks down the top three favorite candies in each state.

To determine which Christmas treats were the most popular, the team at CandyStore.com surveyed over 50,000 customers and spoke with major candy manufacturers and distributors. Not surprisingly, candy canes were a hit in numerous states, including Washington, Delaware, Vermont, Georgia, Maine, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire. California, Nevada, West Virginia, and Kansas residents, however, got into the seasonal spirit with peppermint bark. North Dakota residents preferred chocolate Santas. And Alabama, Michigan, and Utah liked Jelly Belly’s Reindeer Corn.

Christmas candy sales in America are projected to rake in nearly $2 billion for confectioners, according to an estimate provided by the National Confectionary Association. Spend your holiday bonus wisely on treats everyone will appreciate by checking out CandyStore.com’s full results below.

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