Ribbons: More than Just for Decoration [infographic]

June 1, 2013 |  by  |  Education, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Whether they are in your hair or on your car, ribbons make a statement. When I was in middle school, the student government tied yellow ribbons to all the cars in the school parking lot as a call for remembrance of soldiers on Memorial Day. Pink ribbons are passed out on my campus at Texas State during Breast Cancer Awareness month (October). Today, there are upwards of 40 different colored ribbons that represent anything from Free Software Awareness (represented by an orange ribbon) to Bullying Awareness (represented by a blue ribbon). There are even songs about awareness ribbons, “Round Her Neck She Wears a Yellow Ribbon” and “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree,” which were both written by America-lovin’ songwriters with ribbons on the mind.

Why do we have this want to express ourselves or our beliefs through ribbons? There are similar symbols; for example, the “Ichthys,” which is also known as the “Jesus Fish,” is commonly placed on the back of a car or worn on a necklace to represent Christianity. Ribbons, “Jesus Fish” bumper stickers, and any other symbol that we expose to the world is another way of us calling out to be part of something and to say, “I love/care about/believe in this, who else is with me?”

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Brain Injury Explained [infographic]

May 31, 2013 |  by  |  Health  |  No Comments
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Brain injuries are very common in society. It is a smart idea to keep yourself educated on the subject, as many minor brain injuries are looked over at the time of the incident. Dizziness, sleeping problems, and blurred vision are some symptoms of a minor brain injury, but just be happy it isn’t a major one.

In the UK, 50% of all serious brain injuries happen on the road. Motorcyclists, pedestrians and bike riders account for some of the least protected citizens. Campaigns about looking twice for motorcyclists and ‘sharing the road’ with cyclists are all about slowing the instances of traumatic injuries on the highway.

As we all know, cycling has become a more popular mode of transportation across the globe since the economic collapse. And with a rise in cycling, comes a rise in vehicle-bike collisions. In the last three years, there’s been an 11% increase in death or serious injury in cycling accidents. Problems for those with a traumatic brain injury include, unrelenting headaches, seizures, paralysis, and coma.

Next time you’re running late, but stuck behind a wanna-be Lance Armstrong, let them have the road. They have a lot more money on the table than you.

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Interesting RV Facts [infographic]

May 30, 2013 |  by  |  Lifestyle, Recreation, Travel  |  1 Comment
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Summer has arrived! Which means many of you will finally get to go off on your much needed vacation. Some of you might jet off overseas to exotic beaches and resorts, or hop on a train to visit historical landmarks. While these trips will surely be remembered, traveling via cramped planes or trains might be difficult for families with young ones.

Vacation options become limited when children are involved. The extra expenses and unpredictable behavior of little ones can keep parents from booking long flights and train rides. Instead, why not take a family camping trip to enjoy some of the beautiful national parks that America has to offer?

Afraid of traveling with your kids in a small car for long periods of time? An RV is a perfect option for traveling families. It is like having the luxury of traveling with your own home! Since RVs come with beds and kitchens, you won’t return home tired and achy, instead, you’ll return energized with fond memories you created with your family on your RV trip. Give it a try! If you’re hesitant, consult today’s infographic for more information! [via]

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Craft Beer Hunt [infographic]

May 29, 2013 |  by  |  Food  |  1 Comment
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Finally, an app that will help you on the pursuit of the next best brew. Beer Hunt helps fellow hopheads seek and destroy new craft brews based on taste and location.

I am one of those “hopheads,” and craft beer has been in my life for a few years now. Luckily, I live in the thriving craft market of Central Texas, and have dozens of local brew houses to expand my palate. Real Ale Brewery is the closest to my house, and one of the most highly regarded craft breweries in the state. With a heavy focus on bringing the cask market back to the states, Real Ale is my top place to grab a beer.

Some of my other favorites are Austin Beer Works, Deschutes Brewery, based out of Portland, and Captain Lawrence, in New York. These 3 are some of the fastest growing craft brewers in the nation, but the problem with quickly gaining market share is the threat of buyouts by the big guys.

Millercoors and Budweiser are not dumb companies. They know their cheap, watery, “beer” isn’t what the educated masses want (besides frat dudes, but are they educated?). We middle-class beer snobs want the best and that has made the big boy beer companies start to shiver. MillerCoors has the ever-so-popular Blue Moon and yet, you won’t see a Millercoors label on any of the bottles. Take note: Tenth & Blake Beer Company is MillerCoors and Green Valley Brewing is Budweiser. Don’t be fooled, if you’re gonna pay $10 for a 6 pack, send it to the brewery who’s lively hood depends on it. [Via]

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The Top 10 Happiest Cities [infographic]

May 28, 2013 |  by  |  Lifestyle, Travel  |  3 Comments
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Do you ever have days when you think it might be better to just abandon ship and disappear to some remote place where worries never journey than to take it on?  I am having that day.  Everything has been extra complicated for no apparent reason.

When I was a kid, one of my favorite books was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Day by Judith Viorst.  I recommend reading it if you haven’t–or reading it again, just because–but basically it is about a boy named Alexander who is having a really rough day.  Literally, nothing is going his way (e.g. he doesn’t get the window seat on the way to school, Mrs. Dickens doesn’t like his picture of the invisible castle, there is no dessert in his lunchbox).  And worse, everyone else around him seems to be getting exactly what they want.  His solution: move to Australia.

Just in case you are having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, I have decided to post an infographic ranking the top 10 happiest cities in the world.  Take a mind vacation–or plan a real one–but remember, “Everybody has bad days, even people who live in Australia.” [via]

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