Behind Birthstones [Infographic]

May 13, 2012 |  by  |  Holiday, Retail  |  No Comments
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It’s that time of year again: today is Mother’s Day. I know that I’ve overlooked this holiday by accident in the past and as a result I’ve had to scramble in order to get gifts for the mothers in my family, which is never fun.

For those last-minute shoppers out there thinking to themselves “what could I possibly get in this little amount of time that I have?” I have today’s infographic from online jeweler Brilliance.com, which outlines the significance and meaning behind the 12 precious gems known as birthstones.

Jewelry might not be the cheapest option and some might feel that it’s a pretty “typical” gift, but knowing the significance behind your mother’s specific gem would make it much more personal and meaningful. Plus, if you’re lucky enough to have a mother whose birthday is in October or December, their piece of jewelry might not hurt your wallet so much (Opal and Turquoise being relatively less expensive than most of the other stones on the list).

For more information on the attributes and lore behind birthstones, refer to the infographic below. Have a happy Mother’s Day! [Via]

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Overview of Health Insurance [infographic]

May 12, 2012 |  by  |  Business, Education, Health  |  1 Comment
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Health insurance is a hotly debated topic in this year’s presidential elections. Obama-care has some citizens fuming over the possibility universal healthcare. But before I go preaching about my thoughts on Obama-care, we should get a full grasp of what health insurance entails for a buyer.

Today’s infographic gives a thorough explanation of how the health insurance industry works. One thing for sure, the health insurance industry is a booming business, the typical 22-year old will pay $4,000,000 for health care and insurance in his or her lifetime.

I personally don’t really know too much about insurance, I do however, worry about how I’m gonna get it once I graduate and become an adult. Today’s infographic is a useful tool to familiarize yourself about the logistics of health care and health insurance. So study up so you can responsibly select an insurance plan that is right for you. [via]

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The Anatomy of a DUI [infographic]

May 11, 2012 |  by  |  Crime, Government  |  No Comments
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Drinking and driving has been one of America’s top issues in recent years. My generation has been told over and over again about the dangers of drinking and driving. We’ve seen videos, brutal live-action plays, heart-wrenching self testimonies and even real life examples. Although, this infection of automobile alcoholism has managed to decrease fatalities by 5% in the last 3 years, the sheer amount of people who still drink and drive is astounding.

My university had a program where students would volunteer to be a ride home for those under the influence on Friday and Saturday nights. It was a free service that was only one phone call away. Unfortunately, the program was cancelled 3 years ago due to budget cuts. Like my institution’s program, the battle against drunk drivers is one steep uphill treck. Alcohol has always been rooted in American tradition, but luckily taxies have too.

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Stress on the Body [infographic]

May 10, 2012 |  by  |  Health  |  4 Comments
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I recently graduated college, so I haven’t really thought about stress in a while. I just haven’t been in very stressful situations. The end of senior year, however, can be quite stressful. It’s difficult to get everything together to make sure you graduate. While I consider myself generally anxious, I do things to keep my stress and anxiety levels low. I believe meditation is a great tool to clear the mind and promote healthy thinking. Many people do not realize that you can do non-religious meditation, and are closed-minded towards it.

Sleep is an obvious means to keep stress in check. I try to get 8 hours every night, which is way above average amongst my friends. I know lots of people who think ‘all-nighters’ are a good idea, but honestly there has to be a point where the lack of sleep overtakes the additional study time. [Via]

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Breaking The Law [infographic]

May 9, 2012 |  by  |  Government  |  2 Comments
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Bear wrestling is illegal in Oklahoma. Did you know that? So is not having a well kept lawn in various parts of Utah. Did you know that? The two aforementioned laws are just a few from a handful of the most outrageous laws from across the globe.

Nine times out of ten, a law is put in place with the general public’s best interest in mind. With that being said, today’s infographic showcases the top laws that make some scratch their heads a little.

Just the story behind the existence of these laws baffle me more than anything. What made masked gatherings banned in New York? Or why does a PC repair man have to have a private investigators license in the state of Texas? We need answers. [Via]

 

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