Easter Facts [infographic]

March 31, 2013 |  by  |  Holiday  |  2 Comments
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Today’s infographic is very sweet because it is almost entirely about candy. Unlike Valentines Day, Easter doesn’t mind if you buy yourself chocolate. You’re not desperate and lonely for doing this, you’re awesome. Easter chocolate sales put both Christmas and our beloved Valentines Day sales to shame. In fact, the only holiday known to outdo Easter in chocolate sales is Halloween. What a startling statistic! What’s more, Easter chocolate comes in forms of bunnies and eggs! What could possibly be more interesting than eating the ears off of a chocolate bunny? Absolutely nothing! If your answer was, “Eating Peeps!” you’re disqualified, because Peeps are gross.

Despite my conviction that chocolate is the most important component of the Easter holiday, I do encourage you to come to your own Easter conclusions. Educate yourself on this sweet little holiday. Understand the role that jelly beans, plastic eggs stuffed with dollar bills, and yes, even Peeps play in making this holiday so special. Additionally, it might be wise to celebrate the true meaning behind the holiday. For those of you that think Easter is the celebration of the Easter Bunny’s birthday, you’ve got quite a bit of research ahead of you.

Happy Easter, y’all!
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Feel The Burn: A Caloric Breakdown [infographic]

March 29, 2013 |  by  |  Food, Health  |  1 Comment
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Oh God, I have some bad news. My diet of dark chocolate and cashews carries more calories than fried chicken. Don’t worry, switching to fried chicken wont be a problem! Seriously though, the human body does not require many calories to function, yet we can consume 138 times more calories than we can burn.

Americans have been having weight problems the last few decades. Fast food is on every corner and greasy, fried, cheese coated delectables are can be found on a ‘dollar menu’. I went to Burger King for the first time in years this week. First off there is no ‘small’ option. If you want a soda, the ‘medium’ is 22 entire ounces. I hope you’re not still wondering what’s wrong with the fast food industry.

Looking to increase your metabolic activity? Look no further. The liquid gold that runs out of your faucet is your number one friend. Drink water! Lots of water. They say 8 cups a day, I know you don’t do that. Some other interesting calorie burners include spicy foods and chewing gum. Now those are some healthy habits I can get into. [Via QuickQuid]

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Family and Medical Leave Act 101 [infographic]

March 29, 2013 |  by  |  Government  |  1 Comment
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Here is something you didn’t know: 62% of working Americans at a FMLA covered employeer qualify for 12 weeks of unpaid FMLA leave. 62% of FMLA covered working Americans also do not know about FMLA leave. Of course we’ve all heard of maternity leave, but most employees are covered under many different circumstances including personal and family health problems, caring for young children, family deaths and military leave.

America is a working society. We don’t work nine to five. We work until the job is done, especially since the recession. Many other countries like Australia have very strict labor laws, and when the clock hits five they’re done. We Yankees should take note: work isn’t everything.

The big problem is the ‘unpaid’ part of it all. Almost 80% of qualified citizens wont take FMLA leave because they straight up can’t afford it. Maybe its good these people don’t take leave, there are almost 1000 cases annually of FMLA violations by employers. The biggest culprit is outright termination. Think you’re protected by the FMLA law to take care of your sick mother? Too bad, you’re fired.

Out of almost 2000 cases of wrongful termination or discrimination under FMLA a year, half are dismissed. Bet you’re not so keen on that sick leave now are you? The Family and Medical Leave Act has helped millions over the years, but now at over twenty years old it may need another look. [FLMA Forms]

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How to Dress for an Interview [infographic]

March 28, 2013 |  by  |  Business  |  6 Comments
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You have spent an absurd amount of time preparing for that big interview, and you finally landed it! Now the next big thing to worry about is what to wear. First impressions have lasting effect on employers, therefore, you don’t want to go looking like a dirty hobo or a fashionista. Every tiny detail of your wardrobe that day can determine the impression you leave on an employer. I can recall an interview I had not too long ago: the girl next to me looked put together for the most part, but her chipped neon green nail polish had me cringing each time she moved her hands. If I noticed, I’m sure the employer noticed. Thankfully, today’s infographic on what to wear to a job interview will keep you from making any wardrobe mistakes. So don’t put any more stress on yourself, consult this infographic and I’m sure you’ll nail your interview and snag your dream job! [via]

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How Does Netflix affect Buzz? [Infographic]

March 27, 2013 |  by  |  Business, Entertainment  |  No Comments
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I won’t be the first to say it, but Netflix is a great thing. Growing up in the country without cable was rough. Driving half an hour or more just to rent a movie was always a pain. Once we got Netflix however, my parents and I could enjoy quality cinema and television at home every week (and no, I’m not being paid to say this, I just really like Netflix). Looking back though, it seems like we might have been ahead of the curve. TV is beginning to be consumed differently these days.

Take House of Cards for instance. This is the first big-series release from Netflix. With Kevin Spacey and David Fincher’s involvement, the series has had a major draw. In fact, upon it’s release, House of Cards had the highest percentage of overall buzz within the first week of its premiere on Twitter. But since the series was released in ‘bulk’ (all episodes available at once), it did not carry momentum. In fact, the online conversation has decreased at a much higher rate than other similarly popular series.

So what does this mean for a show maintaining relevance? Certainly quality will speak for itself in the long run; but there is a certain excitement in the ritual of a weekly viewing time. What do you think? Is primetime a thing of the past? Let us know your opinion by commenting below!

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