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…There are 300 million people in these United States?

People

I’m not sure exactly how scientists nailed this figure down beyond just making an educated guess and really sticking to it, but apparently at 7:46 a.m. EDT this morning, the U.S. population will hit the 300 million people mark. According to the Census Bureau, the United States has a birth every 7 seconds, a death every 13 seconds and the arrival of a new immigrant every 31 seconds, giving us a net gain of one new person for every 11 seconds that pass. Just reading this, 3 new people have already been added. If only I could get everyone to give me a dollar…

[U.S. Population Clock Projection]

[Via: MSNBC]

…Art can be deadly?

Monument

Lego Casualties

Monument (If it bleeds, it Leads), is an installation by Caleb M. Larsen that comments on the media’s fixation with tragedy. A computer program scans the headlines of 4,500 English-language news sources, and when one reports that someone has been killed, an algorithm in the machine determines the number of deaths, and a ceiling-mounted mechanism built from Legos drops one bright yellow candy BB per person. During the time the installation is in place, BBs will accumulate on the floor, and an ever-increasing random constellation will form an aesthetic “Monument” to those who have died. Since we are in a time of war, there are periods when hundreds of BBs will fire off in rapid succession, while at other times a lone BB will fall. The paradoxical part of the installation is that something only happens when someone has died, but since viewers want to experience a BB falling, they may secretly be waiting for someone to die so that they can see the event, but at the same time, a lack of falling BBs means the world is temporarily a little less frightening.

[Monument (If it bleeds, it Leads)]

[Via: we make money not art]