How To Use Your Cell Phone as a Survival Tool [Infographic]

May 22, 2013 |  by  |  Mind-Blowing  |  3 Comments
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Let me first say that I want to be Bear Grylls. The dude is amazingly crafty and knowledgeable about survival. So, in the spirit of Bear, here’s an infographic to keep you alive in the worst conditions.

Under normal circumstances, a working cell phone would be much more useful than a broken cell phone. But, if you’re down to nothing but the bare essentials, breaking your phone might just save your life.

Firstly, you can make your battery combust to create a fire simply by attaching a wire (found from inside your phone) to the positive and negative nodes. Then, I would assume that you would need to quickly catch some grass or leaves to light your campfire because the wire will disintegrate quickly. Other uses include widdling your circuit board or metal back case to make a good cutting or hunting tool. My personal favorite is the LCD screen that can alert a flying plane to your whereabouts. Just throw the peace sign toward your savior plane and hopefully they will pay attention to flashing lights. BAM. Saved.

Know about any other survival tricks? Leave a comment!

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A Tourist’s Global Guide to Tipping [infographic]

May 21, 2013 |  by  |  Lifestyle, Travel  |  11 Comments
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I have a dear friend that I met shortly after he had moved to the US from Spain.  Having just come back from a semester in Spain myself, I was a little obsessed with the country and its inhabitants.  We instantly became friends.

One time–not too long after meeting–we went to grab some drinks downtown.  Fernando, being the gentleman he is, offered to pay.  Everything was going great until I noticed that he had only left a 10% tip.  I started to panic a little.  I didn’t know him well enough to tell him to tip more, and I certainly couldn’t add to the tip without an explanation.  I decided the best course of action was to wait till he wasn’t looking and throw a few extra dollars onto the bar.

Long story short, I got caught.  He saw me stealthily try to sneak the dollar bills onto the bar and asked me deadpan, “Did I not tip enough?”  I fumbled around for an answer and finally just said, “Nope.”  He laughed and said that I should tell him these things, that he is new to the the US and doesn’t know what is customary.  Moral of the story: honesty is the only policy, and you should always do your research before going abroad.  The following infographic discusses varying tipping etiquette from around the world. [via]

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Canceled: A Brief History of Single-Season TV Shows [Infographic]

May 20, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, Recreation  |  No Comments
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Everyone who watches TV regularly probably has one or two favorite shows that they think were canceled before their time. Some shows only last a few short seasons before they’re promptly forgotten, while others eventually make a comeback (Family Guy and Arrested Development were both canceled before being revived by popular demand). Some shows, though, are unfortunate enough to only make it through their first season, if that.

Today’s graphic from wetpaint.com gives us a look into the world of single-season shows, from which networks are most likely to cancel a new program after or during its first season to which actors (and even producers) are more likely to be part of a one-season show. FOX, for instance, has the highest rate of shows discontinued after only one season at 46%, with The CW coming in second place at 35%. Out of the prospective genres of TV shows, sitcoms and dramas meet the axe most frequently on their first season, with comedies and sci-fi and fantasy shows next.

For more info on single-season TV shows take a look at the graphic below. [Via]

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Snakebites in Family Pets [infographic]

May 19, 2013 |  by  |  Animals, Health  |  No Comments
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Let’s be honest, most of us treat our pets more like humans than animals. I’ve known dogs who have birthday parties every year and better wardrobes than I do. Some people have pets instead of kids and will do almost anything to ensure their well-being. This includes keeping them safe.

Summer is upon us, which means hotter weather, taller grass, and more critters in our backyards that bite, that could potentially injure our cats and canines. We love our domesticated beasts, but as much as we hate to admit it, they aren’t always the brightest of beings–especially if they feel threatened. Today’s infographic shows us what to do if our pets ever come across a snake.

I have an uncle who lives in the rural southwest who owned a golden retriever for a while. The poor creature managed to get into a losing fight with a rattlesnake three times. You would think the dog would have learned something after the first incident, but he continued to be a repeat offender. Maybe it was the rush of the brawl? The fact that dogs live to serve and protect? Either way, this dose of pastoral reality was never any fun for the dog or his owner. Hopefully, an incident like this will never happen to your pet. But if it does, keep calm, and keep this infographic in mind. [Via]

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Music’s Effect on Learning [infographic]

May 18, 2013 |  by  |  Education, Music  |  1 Comment
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Music is something that is universally loved. Even if everyone doesn’t enjoy the same kind of music, you will be hard-pressed to find an individual that denounces all music as unentertaining. It is convenient that we all enjoy music as much as we do seeing as it does improve our brain function. If I had a dollar for every time someone tried to tell me that listening to classical music while studying made remembering material easier, playing Bach for a baby makes them smarter or that Nickelback sucks then I’d have enough dollars to buy some Tim McGraw Artist Series JBL On-Ear Headphones ($130.00).

One step further form listening to music would be the people who actually play the music. Musicians have improved working memories, can differentiate between sounds better and have more neural paths in their brain than the average Joe.
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