BP Oil Spill 1,000 Days Later [Infographic]

January 16, 2013 |  by  |  Crime, Environmental  |  1 Comment
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Remember that thing that happened a while ago? Yeah, it’s still effecting things. The BP Oil spill was a complete and utter catastrophe in competence and waste. Almost 200 MILLION gallons of oil leaked into the gulf of mexico throughout the span of three months in 2010. Countless animals have died and hundreds of oil and fishing industries have been put out of work since this has happened. Not to mention that our beaches have been sullied with tar balls and hurricane oil splatters in the past few years. But surely the money has piled in for prevention and clean up right? Well, it’s taken awhile but finally, 1,000 days later, we’re seeing some of the first dollars flow toward the RESTORE act. But not from BP.

In the days since the spill we’ve seen a few things. Oil in zooplankton is making it’s way up through the food chain, graveyards of corral are now a lot more commonly seen in the gulf, and the effects on the animals themselves has been debilitating both genetically and physically. All in all, this is a disaster that no one really talks about anymore. If you want to make an impact and show to the world that this stuff really matters, go to this site and find out the ways you can help the gulf coast wildlife.

Also if you wanna tell BP to take some damned responsibility, visit this site to do so.
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Top Social Internet Retailers [infographic]

January 15, 2013 |  by  |  eCommerce, Internet, Marketing, Retail  |  2 Comments
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In this fast paced world of technology, connectivity and instant communication, we all have had to adjust to fit the new normal. Corporate marketing departments have added a social component to their marketing strategies, a necessary step in reaching this vast online audience. Smart companies have dedicated time, money and staff to building and maintaining reputable social networking platforms that engage with customers with the click of a mouse.

Today’s infographic takes us through the top 250 internet retailers on social media. These companies have excelled, creating highly engaging Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and Pinterest pages, allowing their customers to interact with their brand without stepping foot in a storefront.

So who are these social media front runners? Most of them are the big named brands that you know and love. Victoria’s Secret, Walmart and Adidas lead the Facebook front, while Nordstrom, Williams-Sonoma and Barneys New York lead on Pinterest.

Want to slip to the top? Know your demographic, produce engaging content and find the social media platform that’s right for you. [Via]

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The Secret to Better Sleep [Infographic]

January 14, 2013 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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I don’t know about the rest of you readers, but I always feel like I could use a little more sleep in the mornings. Even when I know that I’ve gotten enough, I usually just want a few more minutes lying down, which as it turns out might not be such a bad thing.

Today’s infographic comes to us from MercuryNews.com and shows the potential health benefits of getting a good amount of sleep, as well as the potential health hazards of an unusual amount of sleep. Americans on average get 6.9 hours of sleep per night, and when we get less than that it can bring on a number of health conditions including raised blood pressure and lowered reaction times among others.

Lack of sleep can sometimes be attributed to what you eat before bed; some things are much better than others. For instance, alcohol and spicy foods are probably not the best bedtime foods, whereas snacks like yogurt or popcorn are much better alternatives. If you’re able to find a way to get an adequate amount of sleep, though, it can really benefit you. In addition to reducing inflammation that causes heart disease and cancer, it can reduce stress and heighten memory.

For more information on the benefits of a good night’s sleep check out the infographic below. [Via]

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The Business & Nutrition of Girl Scout Cookies [infographic]

January 13, 2013 |  by  |  Contests, Mind-Blowing  |  No Comments
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I will admit that I felt extremely deceived when I found out that the Girl Scout cookies we all know and love have different names depending on where they are baked/what region they are served to. Having said that, there is no denying their crack-like affect on the entire U.S. population that has us so consumed by their magic we save the precious leftovers in freezers and buy over $714,000,000 worth in cookies.

This infographic has a lot of great components; from history to cool facts, this infographic feeds your hungry mind. It also gets you thinking… why did they discontinue the cookies of the past? I definitely wish I could have tried the Iced Berry Piñatas. But, what can I say? I am a strawberry girl.

Although there is a lot of criticism on the ideals of and actions taken in the Scouts in the U.S. of A., I personally have not been educated on the issue. But, no matter one’s standing, there is no denying the goodness of Girl Scout cookies. Hope y’all fill up on some this season! Have a wonderful Sunday! [via]

 

 

The Business & Nutrition of Girl Scout Cookies

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The Car of the Future [infographic]

January 11, 2013 |  by  |  Tech, Travel  |  4 Comments
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Wow! Today’s infographic starts off with a bang: In less than thirty years, 75% of cars will be driven by computers. Yeah, holy crap I did not think this technology would be available in my life time, but as a commuter this is amazing news.

Driving is dangerous, stressful, tiring and expensive – soon a robot will deal with all of that. Imagine going out to the bar.

“Who’s going to DD?”
“Oh, no worries, my robot car will drive us home!”

The autonomous cars that Google is working on are amazing and surprisingly safe. Google says we’ll be driving in them in less than five years from now. I don’t know if I believe that one, but if that’s true I’m sure it will be an expensive ride or tour around the city. I can’t seem to imagine our current government and society to embrace autonomous cars. It seems like too many things can go wrong and there would be nothing the passengers could do to help.

I know the technology is still in a testing period and will only improve. I’m really looking forward to self-driving cars and I believe it is just the beginning of the robot apocalypse. [Via]

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