Biology of a Hangover [infographic]

June 2, 2012 |  by  |  Food, Health, Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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Lord knows I’ve had my fair share of hangovers. I always know it’s going to be a bad one when I close my eyes to sleep and the blackness underneath my eyelids won’t stop spinning. I won’t forget the absolute worst hangover I’ve ever had in my life was after my 21st birthday (That means I did it right, right?). I was hunger all of the next day till I went to sleep and woke up sick with a fever the day after that! Talk about raging too hard.

So what really happens to our bodies during a hangover? Today’s infographic goes over the course our bodies go through as it processes alcohol and how it leaves us with the dreaded hangover. Thank goodness for us it also gives preventive hangover tips and lists hangover remedies. I know will take full advantage of today’s information for my last night out before I go home for a month. Friends, before you set out today, let today’s infographic be your guide to adequately prepare for you Saturday night’s festivities. [via]

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National Parks: More Fun, Less Expenses [infographic]

June 1, 2012 |  by  |  Environmental  |  No Comments
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If our Nation’s parks are some of the most beautiful places in the entire world – how come attendance to national parks dropped over four million visitors from 09′ to 10′? Some people blame the weather, but I think people don’t appreciate parks as much in a bad economy as they should.

Which one of you all like to sit on the edge of the Grand Canyon for a few days? Well, It should be all of you. As a money-conscious college student, a hotel room isn’t an option on vacation. Tents and sleeping bags are the only way to go. Camping is about $1.50 a night each for a car of five. Now that you know camping costs less than a twelve pack of beer, I hope you have the itch to pitch a tent.

Although camping is one of the greatest leisure activities, it can get rough. Not checking the weather can lead to hurricane-force winds ripping down your tent, or dramatic cold fronts leading on to hypothermia. Researching the environment and having the right equipment is essential for a fun and successful campout.

I hope this infographic will bring more people to the parks at a State and National level. Our nature may not be here in a few thousand years, we’re one very lucky generation to still get to see it first hand. [Via]

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Siri, Why Don’t You Understand Me? [infographic]

May 31, 2012 |  by  |  Tech  |  2 Comments
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Voice control has been around for years and years now. Siri was the first voice control to actually work well. Actually, I bet it was just the first voice control application to be marketed well. The voice control option for my Android phone is spectacular. I can read paragraphs to that thing and it barely misses a word.

Siri is much more user friendly than my phone’s voice control. For one, I call mine Voice Control and you call yours by a personified name, Siri. How cool is it that there’s little friend inside your pocket that can tell you almost anything you would like to know? I’ll tell you, very cool.

Is voice control the future? Why can’t my phone just read my mind already…[Via]

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Are You A Mosquito Magnet? [infographic]

May 30, 2012 |  by  |  Health  |  1 Comment
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As we enter the season of cookouts and fish frys, I thought it’d be fitting to write about the infamous BBQ bruiser. The mosquito. Today’s infographic dispels some of the myths behind repelling mosquitoes, their favorite feeding times, and much more.

Turning more frowns upside down than a dry keg, the mosquito isn’t easily dissuaded. Contrary to popular belief, garlic or repellent wristbands have little to no effect against a mosquito. Tall flowery smelling blondes beware, you’re their ideal feast. Be sure to coat your skin with a little OFF! Deep Woods. Being one of the top repellants, it’ll give you about five hours of protection.

Take these tips to your next BBQ along with your party favors and watch your level of enjoyment rise. Enjoy the rest of your hump day and pass this on to all your outdoorsy friends! [via]

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Vaccination Nation [infographic]

May 29, 2012 |  by  |  Health  |  3 Comments
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Vaccines have been a topic of debate for quite some time. Many parents opt out of vaccinating their children because of scientific rumors, some feel that ancient diseases no longer need vaccinations because of their rarity. Other parents vaccinate their children willingly and unvaccinated playmates cause parents to fear for their child’s health. The MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine has sparked controversy after a physician published a paper linking it to autism. This has been widely discredited both by government researchers and private researchers, but the publicity and effect carries on.

As seen in the infographic, some parents are not following CDC suggested vaccine schedules. Parents are skipping doses, delaying vaccines, waiting between consecutive vaccinations and refusing the vaccinations all together. This has an effect on the unvaccinated children as well as their vaccinated playmates. 68% of those diagnosed with measles from 2004-2008 refused vaccinations.

Parental reasons for straying from CDC recommended vaccinations vary, including more control over their child’s health, avoiding unnecessary vaccines, safety and side effects. While parents do have ultimate control over their child’s health, everyone should make educated decisions about health and wellness. While following a recommended schedule blindly may not be the best route, doing research and having a plan are important to consider when the consequences can affect both your child health and the health of others. For all of you parents, do you vaccinate? Why or why not? [Via]

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