Around the World: Strange Traffic Laws [infographic]

January 29, 2015 |  by  |  Entertainment, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Laws act as an interesting mediator between society, government and safety precautions. For example, they tell people what is and is not socially acceptable, safe behavior on the roads and highways. While most traffic regulations serve to protect drivers, lawmakers can have a tendency to get a bit carried away at times.

For instance, when examining traffic laws on a global scale, you will come to find some of the most bizarre traffic laws practiced around the world. In California, it is illegal to operate a vehicle while wearing a “bathrobe,” while Russia issues fines for leaving excessively dirty cars parked on the street. How did either of those ever become a law? Did one guy really get pulled over one too many times wearing a bathrobe and piss off a police officer? Or, look to Cyprus, where it is not only illegal to drink alcohol behind the wheel, but illegal to drink any liquid while operating a vehicle, including water. I guess Cyprus doesn’t want their drivers being distracted by even the thirst quenching, healthy effects of water…

Anyway, while traffic laws do promote safety on the roads, everyone can agree they can be an annoyance at times. Today’s infographic provides a list of the top 10 most absurdly annoying traffic laws practiced around the world.

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You’re Paying Too Much for Airfare: Use ExpressVPN To Find The Cheapest Fares [infographic]

January 28, 2015 |  by  |  Business, Travel  |  No Comments
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I’ve read a lot about the secret ways to trick the online airfare industry into cheaper tickets, but I’ve never heard of changing my location through a VPN. I’ve always browsed incognito for buying my tickets and made sure I’ve deleted my cookies, but changing my IP address to Norway? I never would have thought it’d work.

Being skeptical, I had to try it out on my own. On Sunday, I flew back from Los Angeles to my home in Austin. (I’ve always loved traveling from Austin to the west coast because you can find cheap fares only a week or two before your trip.) I looked up flights for February 9th on Expedia. United flight 5532 is $163 – then I went on to Expedia.no, Norway’s Expedia. I changed my IP address to a Norwegian location and did the same search. Guess what: United flight 5532, only $155.

Go try it yourself, I’m not kidding. It may only be an eight dollar difference, but imagine for round-trips, or international flights the savings could be in the hundreds. I fly probably six to ten times every year, and I’m not locked down to one airline due to any credit card reward system. This solution of changing my IP address will save me hundreds every year. [ExpressVPN]

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Midlife Crisis and Worst College Degrees [infographic]

January 27, 2015 |  by  |  Business, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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I just hit a milestone: a midlife crisis. I thought I took steps to prevent a midlife crisis, but here I am. My midlife crisis is my career change, or the lack there of. Changing careers at midlife is tougher than expected. Happily, I am not alone. The average person changes careers seven times. This infographics shows some of the reasons, causes, effects and results of a career change at midlife.

There are many reasons people decide to change careers. Some of them include downsizing, being underpaid, lack of growth opportunities, no advancement opportunities and feeling trapped. Sometimes you have to change to improve your work and life balance. Ultimately, if you feel like you are going through a midlife crisis and you need a career change, just do it.

One of the ways to change is to go back to school and get a degree. You are never too old for college. I recently graduated from college and I saw many students that were over 40. Some were undergraduates earning their bachelors and other were enrolled in graduate school for their masters. In the end, it is about the education and finding a career that fits your needs. The only suggestion I have is for employers to give older workers a chance.

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2014 Recap: The Top 10 Most Interesting Internet Facts [infographic]

January 26, 2015 |  by  |  Tech  |  No Comments
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With 2.4 billion users, the Internet is growing at an astounding pace. It does put a lot of the world in perspective, though. Poverty and lack of access to technology is rampant, when not even half of our world’s population is able to access the web. This all may change soon thanks to SpaceX. Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder, plans on launching thousands of tiny satellites that will bring affordable Internet access to places we would have never thought possible. The current statistic of 2.4 billion users could jump drastically in the next couple of years.

Personally, I believe the World Wide Web is one of the most essential tools for helping eliminate poverty. Wait, let me correct myself, I think education is the most important tool and the Internet can provide us with knowledge unmatched by the human mind. Programmers can learn computer languages without needing a college degree. Things as simple as auto maintenance are only a YouTube video away. Not to mention, literally millions of how-to videos strewn across the web helping make a normal human a handy-man of all colors.

The Internet has been evolving extremely fast, but don’t think that there’s not any room for improvement. We’ve only just started. [via]

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The Movie Reboot and Remake Revolution [infographic]

January 25, 2015 |  by  |  Entertainment  |  No Comments
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I love movies. And I actually enjoy when movies get remade or rebooted, unlike a lot of people I know. These movies might not always be the same quality as the original, but the storyline is still good – at least in most cases.

I was super excited when I heard a remake of Annie was going to be released last year. Naturally, it wasn’t as good as the original, but I thought it was still pretty awesome. Being the Annie expert that I am, I know there was actually a made-for-TV Disney remake between the two listed here.

Now, remakes and reboots are different. A remake is pretty much the same story, but with a few changes, such as a new cast. Think Footloose. (Which I loved, by the way). On the other hand, a reboot usually has the same characters, but that’s usually where the similarities end. Reboots happen a lot with movies based on comics, like the Batman franchise.

Today’s infographic shows a timeline of reboots, remakes and sequels of some popular movies and franchises in the last 40 years. It’s color-coordinated to show the originals vs. the reboots, along with their sequels. It also has some prequels and delayed sequels, like the new Jurassic Park movie coming out this year. And don’t forget to check out the movies that are in-development. Some will be remakes, some will be sequels, and some will be reboots. I will be checking out all of them.

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