Distracted Teen Drivers [infographic]

November 2, 2012 |  by  |  Health, Travel  |  No Comments
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Do you text and drive? Well you suck. Texting and driving is actually much more dangerous than drinking and driving. I bet you’re still going to do it too. What’s your problem?

I stopped texting and driving when I was eighteen. I don’t know why, but to be honest I suck at driving when I’m texting. My hometown of Austin, Tx banned texting while driving a year or two ago. Although our governor veto’d a state wide texting-ban, I personally think a ban is a good way to stop future accidents from happening.

When young teens receive their first driver’s license in Texas, they have a 6th month ban on using any type of electronic device while driving. I know when I was 16, I didn’t care about the law. I texted all day and all night, never got in trouble or a wreck, but I know it wasn’t safe.

Today’s graphic gives you the low-down on unsafe teen driving practices. Horseplay in the vehicle is something that starts to die down after growing out of being a teenager, but I remember how rambunctious it could get with a car full of sixteen year olds. [National Teen Driver Safety Week - Michigan Auto Law]

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The Evolution of Equality [infographic]

November 1, 2012 |  by  |  Government, Politics  |  3 Comments
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When I voted this past week, I had a weird, emotional realization. I was so moved by the fact I was able to vote that I actually started tearing up in line. I couldn’t help but think of all the women before me who fought so hard for the right that I was exercising. I felt really empowered and extremely thankful for all of the women who fought for equal rights.

Women are not the only one’s to have had to fight for equality; African Americans, and members of the LGBTQ communities have long been oppressed as well. Today’s infographic shows a timeline of the progression of rights and legal status for women, African-American’s, and members of the LGBTQ community. The information given shows a long and hard history fought for the minorities. There is without a doubt, still much to be fought for, but we can thank those before us for all that we have today. [via]

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The Magic of the Snowy Owl [Infographic]

October 31, 2012 |  by  |  Animals  |  No Comments
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HOOT! That’s owlspeak for BOO! In honor of this spooky Halloween I found a nifty little infographic on the Ghost Owl, better known as the Snowy Owl in the States (and Hedwig for those attending Hogwarts). So apparently this owl is totally boss. Snowy owls have these things called Facial Discs (stiff feathers around their eyes) to direct sound waves toward their ears. These ears, in fact, are asymmetrically located on their head to help these owls pinpoint their prey more accurately. Speaking of prey, THESE OWLS CAN NOM — eating almost 1,600 lemmings a year! That’s 3-5 of those cute, dumb little rodents a day!

The rest of the infographic contains a lot of cool information and facts about this bitchin’ bird. Like the fact that it’s been it’s own genus for years. BOSS. But recent genetic research shows that they are related to horned owls. Bummer, but you still rock Hedwig! Also I didn’t know this but it totally makes sense — owls in general can’t move their (human-sized) eyeballs on their own. They have to move their flexible neck to look around! I guess that’s why owls are so chill, no shifty eyes; or from another perspective, mad freaky. But if this bird gives you the heebie jeebies, don’t fret, for this bird resides in the far north near the arctic circle. No trick or treating for this fowl. HAPPY SPOOKING. BWAWAWAWAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. [via]

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Hallowe’en [infographic]

October 30, 2012 |  by  |  Holiday  |  1 Comment
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Halloween week is upon us! Many celebrated last weekend with halloween parties, trips to the bars and lots of fun, but the real holiday is tomorrow! Are you planning to dress up? Halloween might be one of my favorites, but I only ever dress up as a cat, ballerina or french girl (only once).

Families spend an average of $150 on Halloween preparations. This includes costumes, fake blood, and pumpkins! One way to cut down on costs is to think up costumes that use your regular clothes. Lucky for you all, I have three A+ (in my opinion) costumes that may be sitting in your closet or only require a few quick purchases!

My personal favorite, the cat. Grab a cheap pair of kitty ears, draw some whiskers in black eyeliner, throw on a black top and black jeans and step into your favorite black stilettos.

The ballerina. Buy or make a tutu- tule is really easy to work with and extremely inexpensive – wear a black tank top or leotard and some tights. Oh and twirl all night long.

The French girl. A striped shirt, a drawn on mustache and a berret. Voila!

Have a happy and safe Halloween! [Via]

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Money Spent on Healthcare and Disease Eradication [Infographic]

October 29, 2012 |  by  |  Government, Health  |  No Comments
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We, as humans, have done many amazing things throughout our history (many of them within the past few hundred years). We’ve reached the highest peaks, traversed near-unfathomable depths and now we even have our sights set on expanding our studies and research beyond just our planet. Even with all of these achievements, however, we all have still have something in common to keep us grounded: illness.

With our global population growing ever larger year after year we now have more potential than ever before to grow and learn as people, but it also means that more and more treatments for illnesses and sickness are necessary, and it’s not cheap. Today’s infographic explores the amount spent (and projected to be spent) on healthcare from five first-world nations and what exactly it’s being spent on.

For instance, the most money being spent on healthcare in the U.K. at the moment tends to be focused on research and development (hundreds of millions of dollars spent on stem cell and neurodegeneration research) whereas the U.S. healthcare system invests more in immunizations and HIV/AIDS treatment and research.

For more information on the healthcare spending habits of some of the world’s leading nations, refer to the infographic below. [Via]

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