Grilled to Perfection [Infographic]

July 22, 2012 |  by  |  Food, Health, Lifestyle  |  2 Comments
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It’s that time of year again: cookout season. People everywhere are putting on sunscreen, grabbing the grill and headed towards the nearest body of water in waves.

If you haven’t already thrown a cookout this summer but were thinking about it, let today’s infographic from VisualNews.com be your guide to getting your meats and veggies grilled perfectly.

There are a few different factors that go into determining when those burgers are good and done (direct vs. indirect heat, heat intensity, time, etc.) but the most important thing to keep an eye on is the actual internal temperature of the meat. A seasoned grill-master will probably be comfortable eyeballing the quality of the food, but for those less experienced it’s recommended to have a meat thermometer on hand to thoroughly check the food’s internal temperature to keep everyone safe and healthy.

This graphic, with its variety of meats and veggies and their appropriate cooking times/heats, should be a handy guide for anyone looking to have good cookout. Happy grilling! [Via]

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What Colors Mean In Different Cultures [Infographic]

July 21, 2012 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  6 Comments
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Ah colors. Though it’s only reflected light emitting different frequencies of the photon wave spectrum, colors are often much more than just that. For many they can describe emotions, nations, ideas, or even memories. In the art world, color can be a crucial element in the expression of a painter (Rothko) But just like many other cultural discrepancies, the meaning of color tends to change as you move around the globe. This infographic aims to tackle the very subject of how we associate colors with various feelings and ideas of different cultures around the world.

Dividing into 10 subgroups – Western/American, Japanese, Hindu, Native American, Chinese, Asian, Eastern European, Muslim, African, and South American, these broad regions are divided on this circular graph to show how each culture would choose to represent a facet of emotion or idea by color. Some are unanimous – Red for passion, black as evil – while others are completely different – Respect ranges from grey to white to silver to gold depending on which region of the world you are from. Of course it cannot be denied that color is a subjective device and there are many subcultures that probably dispute their assigned colors; it must be said – colors do have meaning. For whatever reason, humans desire to represent themselves by color and commonly create manifestations of daily life within these colors. Except the color-blind. I don’t know what the hell they think about any of this. via

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Truck Accidents [infographic]

July 20, 2012 |  by  |  Travel  |  No Comments
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Truck wrecks happen everyday and no matter how good of a driver you are there is still a chance you’ll have a bad day. As a commuter on one of the most congested stretch of highway in the country, IH-35, I see many 18-wheelers. I can only imagine the carnage possible if one of those trucks changed lanes right into me.

Luckily all truck drivers are professionals and professionals are good at not making mistakes. I know they still do, but being scared of massive vehicles is no way to improve driving skills. Luckily trucks are not allowed in the fast lane on my most used highway. This really helps keep the flow going even during some of the busiest times. [The Trucking Attorneys]

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The Evolution of Olympic Coverage [infographic]

July 19, 2012 |  by  |  Entertainment, Social Media, Sports  |  No Comments
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For me to say that I am excited for the Olympics is an understatement; I mean I am all over this event. I’m reading the sports section (a rare activity on my part), following my favorite athletes on Twitter, and liked them on Facebook. I’m obsessively following them in hopes of getting that much closer to being at the live event.

Thanks to social media, the 2012 Olympics have exploded. It’s on television, internet, and cereal boxes. It’s emotionally charged on every commercial I see. It’s everywhere I look! All the hype makes me more excited for the games each day. And with the opening ceremonies less than 10 days away, social media is pulling out its after burners, and promoting the Olympics with all of its might. Even though the latest coverage only seems to be on the negative side (London coming up short on security, Ralph Lauren manufacturing the Olympic uniforms in China), everyone will at least tune in to see if London will pull through.

Today’s infographic shows the evolution of Olympic coverage. Coverage of the Olympic Games has evolved from standard print to a booming business called social media. Thanks to social media, we can cover the Olympics at any time of any day. How will you cover the 2012 London Olympics? [via]

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The Highs and Lows of Cycle Safety [infographic]

July 18, 2012 |  by  |  Recreation  |  3 Comments
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Sharing the road with cyclists is a farely new concept to me. I didn’t see much of them growing up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but once I moved to a more bicycle friendly city for college, my eyes were open. A lot of my friends had bikes, a lot of my professors had bikes, that’s just how things go in Central Texas. But it wasn’t always so great being on bike. I’ve heard the horror stories of what can go wrong when people in control of motor vehicles aren’t as safe as the bicyclist.

According to the infographic, 80% of accidents occur in broad daylight and most are hit and runs. My mom would always say “I trust you, but not the people around you” whenever it was time for me to borrow the car and I think that’s the perfect mindset to have when you frequently ride your bike. The infographic also gives a few pointers on how to increase your level of safety when riding, which include wearing a helmet, lights, and reflectors.

Aside from the possible dangers that could stem from riding your bike, there are tremendous health effects. It’s a great way to burn calories and get back into the shape you desire. It can also help reduce the size of your carbon footprint. Take some time to read over this infographic. Maybe you’ll discover you were a bike person and didn’t even know it! [Via]

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