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The 25 U.S. Cities With the Lowest Cost of Living

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If you’re sick of spending all of your hard-earned income on rent, it might be time to move to a mid-sized city in the Midwest or South. Cities like Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Odessa, Texas, might not have the glamour of Los Angeles or the energy and excitement of New York City, but they have something America’s more famous coastal cities lack: reasonably priced housing. Niche, a data analysis company, has created a list of the cities with the lowest cost of living across the United States, Business Insider reports.

Niche used a series of weighted criteria, including home values, incomes, and property taxes, to come up with their cost of living list (their methodology can be viewed here). They used data from the U.S. Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify the 25 cities that were the cheapest to live in relative to income. While they identified cities across the Southern and Midwestern United States, Illinois was the state that appeared most frequently on the list, taking four out of the 25 spots. The top two cities, meanwhile, were Fort Wayne and Evansville, both in Indiana. Check out the full list below.

1. Fort Wayne, IN
2. Evansville, IN
3. Odessa, TX
4. Huntsville, AL
5. Wichita, KS
6. South Bend, IN
7. Montgomery, AL
8. Rochester, MN
9. Topeka, KS
10. Cedar Rapids, IA
11. Abilene, TX
12. Wichita Falls, TX
13. Louisville, KY
14. Oklahoma City, OK
15. Davenport, IA
16. Sioux Falls, SD
17. Shreveport, LA
18. Springfield, MO
19. Springfield, IL
20. Tulsa, OK
21. Toledo, OH
22. Mobile, AL
23. Amarillo, TX
24. Indianapolis, IN
25. Little Rock, AR

[h/t Business Insider]

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Found: A Rare Map of Australia, Created During the 17th Century
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More than 40 years before Captain James Cook landed on Australia’s eastern coast in 1770, renowned Dutch cartographer Joan Blaeu created an early map of the Land Down Under. Using geographical information gleaned from Dutch navigator Abel Tasman in the 1640s, it was the first map to include the island state of Tasmania and name New Zealand, and the only one to call Australia “Nova Hollandia.”

Very few copies—if any—of the 1659 map, titled Archipelagus Orientalis (Eastern Archipelago), were thought to have survived. But in 2010, a printing was discovered in a Swedish attic. After being restored, the artifact is newly on display at the National Library of Australia, in the capital city of Canberra, according to news.com.au.

The seller’s identity has been kept under wraps, but it’s thought that the map belonged to an antiquarian bookseller who closed his or her business in the 1950s. For decades, the map sat amidst other papers and books until it was unearthed in 2010 and put up for auction.

The National Library acquired the 17th century wall map in 2013 for approximately $460,000. After a lengthy restoration process, it recently went on display in its Treasures Gallery, where it will hang until mid-2018.

As for other surviving copies of the map: a second version was discovered in a private Italian home and announced in May 2017, according to Australian Geographic. It ended up selling for more than $320,000.

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What's the Difference Between a Lake and a Pond?
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Around 71 percent of the Earth's surface is covered in water, which is why geographers have coined so many names to describe the forms it takes. But what’s the real difference between, say, a lake and a pond, a spring and an oasis, or a creek and an arroyo?

Vox gets granular with geography in the video below, explaining the subtle distinctions between everything from a bay (a part of an ocean, surrounded by water on three sides) to a barachois (a coastal lagoon, separated from the ocean by a sand bar). The five-minute explainer also provides maps and real-life examples, and describes how certain bodies of water got their names. (For example, the word geyser stems from geysa, meaning "to gush.")

Guess what? A geyser is also a type of spring. Learn more water-based trivia—and impress your nature-loving friends the next time you go camping—by watching the video below.

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