Cambodian Company Offers Custom Clouds

At some point, you've probably looked up at the sky and tried to visualize shapes in the clouds above. But when you want to see something very specific—say, a peace sign or the Mercedes Benz logo—imagination isn't going to cut it. That's where Cambodian company Khmer Cloud Making Service comes in. The startup company hosts events where they create personalized clouds.

To make these special clouds, Khmer Cloud Making Service uses a mixture of soap and helium. A fan blows the sudsy concoction upwards and through a specially made stencil that pushes the soap into a shape. Then, a person standing by with a stick can slice off personalized clouds and release them into the sky. About three to five clouds can be made in one minute, according to The Huffington Post.

The cloud shapes can be surprisingly complex. In the past, the company has made intricately shaped creations like planes, smiley faces, and even the Olympics symbol.

For the most part, these creative clouds are used for opening events of new businesses, Hyperallergic reports. Khmer Cloud Making Service has four people on staff and can be hired for about $500 for an afternoon. You can find them working near Boeung Keng Kang Market.

While the business is mostly local, a spokesperson for the company says they are open to customers from all over. When asked if Khmer Cloud Making Service could be purchased overseas, the spokesperson told The Huffington Post, "Yes, why not. We can ship." You can also buy one of their machines on Facebook for about $999.

[h/t Hyperallergic]

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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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