This is the Best Visualization Yet for Grasping How Much a Billion Dollars Truly Is

 

YouTuber Tom Scott found a brilliant way to convey just how much a billion dollars is, by using distance instead of volume. Scott explains:

 

There are lots of ways to compare a million to a billion, but most of them use volume. And I think that’s a mistake, because volume just isn’t something the human brain is great at. So instead, here’s the difference between a million and a billion, in a more one-dimensional way: distance.

 

Now the real kicker comes at the end, when he puts a trillion into perspective. As of this post, Jeff Bezos’ net worth is currently estimated at $178 billion USD.

 

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“I get lockdown. But I get up again” – Banksy Strikes London Tube with Mask Message

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Despite the lockdown, Banksy has remained active, using his art and platform to celebrate the ‘superhero medical workers’ and address systemic racism.

In his fifth artwork released since the lockdown began in March, Banksy strikes the London tube with some new works and words of encouragement: “I get lockdown. But I get up again.”

The message is a play on the chorus from the hit song “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba. On Instagram—the artist’s only official account—he also encourages people to wear masks, saying: “If you don’t mask – you don’t get.”

 

 

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. . If you don’t mask – you don’t get.

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On Lockdown Since March, This Nursing Home is Recreating Album Covers for Fun

 

On lockdown since March, the Sydmar Lodge Care home in the UK has been making their own fun, recreating famous album covers and sharing them online.

The idea was the brainchild of Robert Speker, who is the Activities coordinator for the home’s residents. Robert explains:

“It has been my job and privilege to keep them entertained during the COVID crisis with no outside entertainers or family. As this situation is on-going it could be months before the situation changes for them and the need to keep them happy entertained and full of spirit has never been more crucial.
 
Elderly people will remain in lockdown for a long time, and I want to make their time as happy and full of enjoyment and interest as possible.”

 

After Speker shared the album cover recreations on Twitter, the project went viral. The international attention inspired Speker to launch a Go Fund Me campaign with all proceeds raised being donated to dementia friends.org.uk, Alzheimers.org.uk and ageUk.org.uk.

The charities were selected by Speker and the residents involved with the project.

 

 

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Clare’s Camper Van Home is the Coziest One I’ve Seen

 

In this van tour by Jordan Osmond, we’re checking out Clare’s beautifully crafted camper van conversion.

Clare spent over a year designing it down to the millimetre and now lives and travels in it full-time. The van is a complete tiny home – with a kitchen, toilet, shower, office, and bed, all in a vehicle that’s just 6m (20 ft) long!

 

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