The Multiple Personalities of Coffee [infographic]

May 17, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, Food, Funny, Lifestyle  |  9 Comments
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Ohh, coffee drinkers. It’s amazing what people will go through to get their daily dose of caffeine. I’ve worked as a barista on and off for a few years now, and I couldn’t agree more with today’s infographic on the categorization of coffee consumers.

We had our regulars at the cafe–The fake breasted soccer moms who wanted their no fat, no foam, skinny vanilla lattes with exactly three Equals and one Sweet and Low. Angsty middle school skateboarders, who had nothing to do except order extra-large Caramel Frappuccinos, until they were sick to their stomachs, and trash our coffee shop. Fast-talking business guys, who could barely stop speaking long enough to tell us their drink order, who also winked an uncomfortable amount. Shy, bookish high school students, who didn’t care what was in their coffee, just as long as they could hide out from their parents and school for awhile. And then there was my favorite: a tall, white-haired old man, with a wizard’s beard, named Walt, who always ordered a decaf, no-whip, mocha, and got so absorbed in whatever he brought to read that day, that he’d frequently lose track of time, and exclaim, “You’re closing already?!”

A comic collection of characters pass in and out of coffee shops everyday, and the drink you order may say something about the kind of person you are. But don’t take coffee so seriously! However you order your cup of joe–personally, I like mine black–I think you will find that it goes perfectly with today’s infographic. [Via]

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Sleep Train supports National Foster Care Month [infographic]

May 16, 2013 |  by  |  Business, Education  |  No Comments
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May is National Foster Care Month! For those of you who might be wondering, what exactly is foster care? Foster care is a term used for a system in which a minor is placed in either an institution,  group home, or with a state-certified caregiver, a.k.a. “foster parent”.  In my opinion, it takes a truly selfless person to be a foster parent because it is both emotionally and financially  challenging.

According to today’s infographic, there is currently over 400,000 children and youth in the U.S. foster care system. In today’s economy, the cost of raising one of those children is a whopping $216,108! Therefore, you could imagine the financial stress that comes along with housing several foster children. Finances aside, raising foster children is also extremely emotionally draining. Many foster families build relationships with each other, so you can imagine the emotional toll it can take on both the youth and foster parents. Therefore, to ease the stress on foster families, Sleep Train is making donations to help ease the financial aspect for these families. You can help also! You can make an in-store donation, donate money online, or host your very own supplies drive! Every bit of help counts, so start today! [via]

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How To Navigate The Internet At Work [Infographic]

May 15, 2013 |  by  |  Funny, Internet  |  2 Comments
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For today’s infographic we have a bit of humour for you. For those of you who are still n00bs (aka novices), NSFW is internet short-hand for something that would not be appropriate for the workplace or any other public place for viewing on your internet browser. So basically this would include anything with profanity, nudity or other suggestive content. It’s handy for blogs to post this next to a link or video so that people won’t think you’re a weirdo.

So now that you know what is ‘not safe for work’, it can be a slippery slope of discretion as to what is safe. This infographic aims to alleviate that confusion. The center represents the heart of NSFW – so basically pornography. Moving outward from the center the NSFW-ness declines with each ring. Outside the circle you have the IRS website and Propublica (a news source). Seemingly a little too ‘SFW’? Not too sure; but the rest of the infographic has a nice gradient from the boring to the time-suckers to the WTF kind of websites. For instance, I did not know that there was a site dedicated to erotic Sonic the Hedgehog fan art… You know, I learn something new every day. Enjoy!

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16 Students You Meet In College [infographic]

May 14, 2013 |  by  |  Education, Funny  |  11 Comments
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Lately I’ve been experiencing a bit of nostalgia for college.  I’m three years removed from it now, and watching all the recent grads get excited about grown-up life has made me want just the opposite.  I attended a small, Catholic, liberal arts university.  Inconsequentially, it was the type of university where we all knew each other way too well, or at the very least, we knew how each one of us took our coffee and what clubs we belonged to.  Coming across this infographic was a walk down memory lane.

Fortunately, I don’t fit perfectly into the mold of any of the characters below, but if I had to choose one, I would choose “PJ” girl.  It is a fact that I didn’t wear a stitch of makeup until I walked the stage at my graduation, I always had a cup of coffee in my hand, and my outfit (if that’s what you want to call it) was always comprised of at least 30% spandex.  So there’s that.

Congratulations to all those recent grads out there!  Try really hard not to be “Little Miss Potato Chip.” Nobody likes that.  And know that pajamas in public are inexcusable.  Now it’s all about the yoga pants. [via]

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Urban Matters [Infographic]

May 13, 2013 |  by  |  Environmental, Health, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Our world has been rapidly growing and expanding in population over time, and with that growth comes special challenges that can make sustainability difficult. Rural and farming communities will still hold importance in any direction the global population decides to take, but the main place that growth and sustainability need to take place is in the world’s cities. Today’s infographic gives us a look at some key concepts in making growing, sustainable cities work.

The U.S. may still be one of the world’s leading economies but we’re lagging behind in terms of urban growth compared to urban areas in Latin America and Asia (namely India and China). By 2025, 85% of Latin America’s population is projected to live in an urban environment, and by 2030, China’s urban population alone is set to be at 1 billion people.

In order for these growing cities to thrive and sustain themselves there are four factors that are key to evolving: efficient urbanization, smarter economies, sustainable growth, and empowered communities. For more info on growing cities have a look at the infographic below. [Via]

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