How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? [infographic]

May 26, 2013 |  by  |  Education, Health, Mind-Blowing  |  12 Comments
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Most of us write a little something everyday. It might be a grocery list, a poem, or a write-up on the infographic of the day. As we go through this daily ritual, however, we are probably not aware of the effects writing has on our brains.

According to today’s infographic, writing can serve as a calming, meditative tool. Stream of conscious writing exercises, in particular, have been identified as helpful stress coping methods. Keeping a journal, for example, or trying out free-writing exercises, can drastically reduce your levels of stress.

It should also be noted that writing can hold a powerful influence over its readers. Today’s infographic informs us that storytellers have the power to “plant emotions, thoughts, and ideas into the brain of the listener.” But all of these mind-shaping tools can be completely disregarded if one chooses to insert a cliché into his or her writing. When you hear phrases like “love is blind” or “dumb blonde,” your brain skips over these ideas and simply accepts them as a collection of words. Clichés have become so familiar to us that the sensory responses they are supposed to evoke are often severely diluted.

So, whether you’re trying to de-stress, or improve your writing, check out the infographic below for some helpful insight into the goings-on of your brain. I hope you never stop writing! [Via]

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Tornadoes [infographic]

May 25, 2013 |  by  |  Education, Environmental, Mind-Blowing  |  1 Comment
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When I was in elementary school, I was so intrigued by tornadoes. My dad told me that sometimes the wind of a tornado moves so fast, it can stab a piece of straw through a tree! I had heard that tornadoes would sometimes tear through a person’s house and destroy almost everything, but their glassware cabinets would remain intact, without a single broken glass. Then, I went to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum and learned that a chicken had been found alive in a bottle neck jug after a tornado (I later discovered this was a myth). As an eight year old, I found all these quirky facts about tornadoes fascinating.

Tornadoes have always caused me wonder and amazement, but they are not all witches on bikes, and flying houses. Tornadoes are very deadly. A large tornado’s wind speed can be over 200 mph, which gives them “the power to destroy everything.”

We have all heard or read about the most recent tornado in Oklahoma, and the amount of destruction it caused is stunning and sad. 24 people died and approximately 13,000 structures were demolished. My thoughts go out to the victims and the families in Moore, Oklahoma.
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Google Fiber’s Worldwide Roll Out [infographic]

May 24, 2013 |  by  |  Tech  |  5 Comments
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I WANT GOOGLE FIBER AND I WANT IT NOW! Are you with me? I bet you are, but I am one of the lucky ones in Austin who could have 1GB internet by this time next year! Since July 2012, Google has been implementing their fiber service in Kansas City and the local internet service providers are peeing their pants.

Time Warner and AT&T cannot compete with Google’s speed or price. When Google announced they were coming to Austin, AT&T announced they would be offering 1BG internet just like Google (as long as they got all of the same city incentives Google will receive). Just like the younger sibling who says “that’s not fair!” – AT&T hasn’t done the research or groundwork for laying 1GB fiber. They haven’t been working with the city for the last year or two on building the infrastructure needed using the newest fiber cables like Google has. AT&T’s statement is a complete bluff.

And unless you’re a cable company executive, you’ll be ecstatic when fiber hits your town too. All ISPs will now have competitive speeds and lower pricing. It’s already happening in Kansas City. Google has the balls to stand up to the ISP oligarchy and put them in their place. Give them a helping hand when they arrive in your city. [Via]

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Vitamin B-12 Deficiency [infographic]

May 23, 2013 |  by  |  Health  |  3 Comments
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After going full-on vegetarian this year, I’ve seen my body react poorly to the new changes in my diet. I’ve seen more running injuries, (shin splints were never a problem before this year!) and an overall continuous feeling of exhaustion. One day, I developed patches on my tongue and cuts on the corners of my mouth. I put these symptoms aside and blamed them on the new mouth guard I’ve been sleeping with. But after two weeks the cuts never went away, and I started to get annoyed. I consulted Google to see if there were other ways of closing up the stubborn cuts on my mouth. Turns out, the cuts weren’t there because of my new mouth guard, they had developed because I was vitamin B and iron deficient!

The idea of my body reacting so violently scared me, so I went straight to Walgreens to load up on iron and vitamin B pills. One week later, the patches on my tongue cleared, and the cuts on the corners of my mouth closed up! It was frightening to experience the impact my vitamin deficiency was taking on my body. To this day, every morning I load up on  woman’s multi-vitamin, a vitamin B complex, and an iron pill. I’ve seen positive changes in my energy level, and on my body as a whole. So readers, take your vitamins and eat your vegetables. Perhaps the ailments you have been feeling are the cause of a vitamin deficiency!  [via]

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

May 22, 2013 |  by  |  Mind-Blowing  |  5 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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