Believe it or not, summer is already over. And if you haven’t already done your back-to-school shopping, you’re probably scrambling to do so as we speak (don’t worry, you’re not alone). The infographic below reflects a survey put together by Videology, covering the profile of a back-to-school school shopper. Here are just a few of the stats:
59% of back-to-school shoppers will purchase at least one item online this year, and 11% said they will fulfill all of their back-to-school needs online.
61% of respondents conduct their back-to-school product research online. Of those that do, the computer/laptop is still the most popular device to do it on (59%), although smartphones/tablets aren’t too far behind (41%).
Shoppers generally grab their back-to-school items 2-3 weeks in advance (64%) of the first day of school. About a quarter of respondents said they wait until one week before school begins to shop.
37% of respondents plan to spend more on back-to-school items this year compared to last year. Comparatively, 35% said they will spend less and 28% will spend roughly the same as they did last year.
I find the percentage of online shopping extremely interesting. If I could get organized enough to do my shopping in advance, I would do all of it online–not just back-to-school shopping. Well, I’m off to school! But first I have to stop at the store for a few supplies! [Via]
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The speed at which our technology grows and expands is incredible, but sometimes as an average consumer it is hard to always keep current. New computers come out seemingly every day with slightly more processing power and versatility than the models right before them, and before long they’ll be outpaced too. Imagine that problem on a massive scale, though: working at a research institute, and trying to keep up with constantly growing power of the behemoths known as supercomputers.
Today’s infographic from Fed Tech Magazine gives us a look at what are currently the 10 fastest supercomputers in the world, and where they’re all located. The U.S. has the greatest number of “Top 10″ supercomputers, although China has claim to the most powerful and fastest.
For more information on the world’s top supercomputers, have a look at the graphic below. [Via]
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Language is, without a doubt, one of the most fascinating things about the human race. Most languages can be translated into other languages and cultures, but in today’s infographic we find out that there are eleven words that do not have a direct English translation.
Waldeinsamkeit is a German word that means the feeling of being alone in the woods. Waldeinsamkeit in English could mean scared, worried, or happy. Being in the woods alone can either be a blessing or a curse. Maybe Germans culturally view the woods as a peaceful place–who is to say but a German person?
For the Spanish word listed, sobremesa, directly translated as “about table” (possibly about the table) refers to the instance in which the party who has just eaten together converses with one another. In English, “table talk”–a word that dictates what is appropriate to talk about at the table, and what is not–could be the translation for many.
The Russian word pochemuchka is also listed. No one wants to be a pochemuchka. This word signifies a level of insecurity in a given situation and its surroundings (unless its your job to ask a lot of questions).
Language is beautiful in every aspect. It should be encouraged more often that we all get to know someone else’s culture and language. It can benefit you, those in your community, and those you may meet in the future. [via]
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Today’s infographic takes a look into one of the American people’s worst addictions: obesity.
Everyone knows that obesity in the United States has become one of the nation’s worst cultural developments in the past few decades, but for all of the movements being made to encourage healthier living there are still places in the country that just blatantly ignore these concerns. Whether it’s because people are tired of hearing about obesity, or if they’re just down right lazy, facts are facts: 67% of the United States population can be categorized as either obese or overweight, a disgusting figure to come to terms with. Even worse, 70.2% of the population of Mississippi (our nation’s fattest state) can be categorized as overweight; that’s almost three quarters of all the people living in Mississippi!
Furthermore, the United States’ “leanest” state in terms of obesity is Colorado, weighing in with an overweight population of 55%. That’s horrific! Over half of the people living in our country’s healthiest state are overweight.
I know that the obesity talk in America has gotten a bit belabored, but all for good reasoning. Obesity is becoming a staple of American culture, along with over-consuming, over-spending, and a lack of environmental awareness: all detestable characteristics for a culture to be known for. Therefore, popularizing self-control among Americans for their own personal health just might inspire Americans to utilize self-control in other aspects of their life that have hurt our reputation as global citizens. [Via]
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On account of the never ending downfall of the United State Postal Service, I thought the least I could do is some promo for their latest infographic. Shipping can be a confusing thing and today’s graphic lays out the details in plain sight. That said, I always dread going to the post office, don’t you? The unavoidable long line, followed by having to wait in another long line and a few days later when you think everything went ok, you find out USPS ‘lost’ your package.
I don’t want to be pointing fingers here, but speaking of lost packages, my neighbors and I would sometimes wonder why our shoes and watches would always be lost in the mail. The most sketchy incident was when my shoes were reported ‘delivered’ at my house. I got pretty excited, but then I remembered USPS can’t deliver to my house. I used to live outside of the city and all packages had to be retrieved at the post office. On returning home I found that my shoes had not been delivered so I gave the post office a ring. They said that my shoes were not with them and that my mail man would figure it out the next day. After hearing nothing for a week (I think ignoring customers is an official tactic of the USPS) I called again. I was told a temporary mail man was working the days my shoes went missing, and he reported that he delivered it to me, which again is impossible.
After some choice words were tossed around I’m finally directed to fill out a claim. They tell me I cannot file claims at the post office any more, it is all online. Whatever, I go online. The claim form I need to fill out only gives me error messages… Thanks for stealing my shoes USPS, there’s a reason you’re not doing well. [Via]