Annual Cost of Pets [infographic]

February 12, 2013 |  by  |  Animals, Lifestyle  |  6 Comments
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Oh pets. Man’s best friend. Crazy cat lady’s only friend. Whatever you prefer (I’m a cat person, myself), these furry friends can be quite costly. Those little guys have to eat!

Pet costs add up quickly. Aside from the every day costs like food, pet costs sky rocket when your your critter gets sick. Dogs get into bags of M&Ms, cats eat a plant covered in fertilizer and they wind up in the vet clinic. A couple of costly IVs later, and you find yourself with a big ol’ vet bill.

Today’s infographic details the average costs of animals a year. From large dogs at $875 to fish at $35, there are definitely pets for every budget. Go on and get yourself a fish. Or a dog, if you can swing it! [Via]

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A Brief History of YouTube [Infographic]

February 11, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, Internet  |  1 Comment
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If you want to see your favorite music video or maybe an example of a do-it-yourself task you’re working on, where is the very first place online that you would go to? Chances are the answer is YouTube. Even though there are several other video services on the Internet, none come anywhere near the success and prevalence of YouTube. Since its beginning in 2005, YouTube has risen to the top in terms of sites visited (it’s the number 2 search engine behind Google) and has since held its place there comfortably.

Today’s infographic goes over YouTube’s history in its relatively short existence. The first video (called “Me at the zoo”) was posted in April of 2005 and a year and a half later in October of 2006, YouTube was bought by Google for an astounding $1.65 billion. They weren’t done growing yet though; within three years there were 1 billion videos being viewed daily, a number which quadrupled in 2012.

How long will YouTube be able to continue to grow and remain the most dominant video site? It’s hard to say for sure, but if current trends continue then YouTube will likely be around for a long time to come. For more information on the history and current performance of YouTube, refer to the infographic below. [Via]

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Who Won the Social Media Superbowl? [infographic]

February 8, 2013 |  by  |  Sports  |  1 Comment
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How was the Superbowl this year? As a household without cable, keeping up with sports is not my forte. I’ve heard through the grape vine it wasn’t very entertaining or what one would consider a “good game” besides Beyonce’s ridiculously awesome half time show. Ya, I looked that up on youtube…

I believe this is the first Superbowl where football as a sport didn’t garner as much attention as the half-time performance, technical difficulties or brotherly rivalry. Is this a sign that the athletic aspect of sports are not as important as the entertainment aspect? I know ESPN has started putting microphones on outspoken players, is the game not enough?

But don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a good football game. I’ve attended literally thousands of sporting events thanks to my dad working in the sports industry, but I truly believe the game is changing. Today’s graphic is about the social media impact of the teams, but if compared to the power outage or Beyonce I’d bet the athletic tweet count would pale in comparison. [Via]

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Your Guide to Sugar [infographic]

February 7, 2013 |  by  |  Food, Health  |  3 Comments
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I think we can all agree that one of the hardest things about keeping a diet is the whole, “no sweets” part. But sadly, sugar is in practically everything we eat, so even when we think we are being good, sugar is sneaking its way into our diets. Most people think that fruit is the safe way to go when trying to curb a sweet craving, but in fact, fruit is loaded with sugar, and it can ruin a diet if you eat too much of it.

Today’s infographic is a great way to visualize what sugary foods are sneaking their way into your diet. I was sad to see that an apple had a surprisingly large amount of sugar. But hey, ya gotta eat something right? [via]

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The Different Types of Wine [Inforgraphic]

February 6, 2013 |  by  |  Food, Recreation  |  No Comments
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Taken from a suggestion in the comments last week, I’ve found myself a nice little infographic showing the intricate web of the various types of wine. In the beginning, all wine starts with the grapes. There are two varieties – black and green. Red wines use black grapes and can have a variety of tastes. Red wines can be dry or sweet, dark or light. Rosé wines also use black grapes, but they are peeled before the coloring process begins, though a blending of White and Red wine techniques can also result in a Rosé. White wines, as you may have guessed are usually concocted with green grapes and can have a range of rich cream-like or light, vibrant taste. Sparkling wine, like champagne, involves a secondary fermentation process causing bubbles; they can range from Red to Rosé to White coloring. The other type of wine is fortified with spirits, usually resulting in a dessert-like taste though dry fortified wines do exist.

Each of these wines has it’s own subsection of being High Tannin, Round or Spicy. High Tannin refers to a taste that dries the mouth, kind of like the feeling of the tongue after licking a popsicle stick (but tastier). Round taste has less tannin and a more balanced acidity resulting in a lush or smooth sensation. Spicy wines have higher acidity and higher alcohol giving a tartness to the taste. Think pineapple juice over apple juice. All in all, this is a very informative infographic, it taught me a few things about one of my favorite beverages. Hope you felt the same.

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The Different Types of Wine based on Style and Taste

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