Have you been lusting over Pinterest pictures of Barcelona recently? Or dreaming of a chance meeting with the elves in Iceland? Maybe the undertaking of planning your backpacking trip across Europe has left you exhilarated, but at the same time, feeling a bit like a caricature of ‘the ignorant American’.
Have no fear! Today’s infographic shows us fifty things that will make us all more culturally aware of the countries we visit and better travelers in general. For starters, it’s not a bad idea to know the names of at least eight cathedrals or churches in Europe; also, know that Russians like their vodka straight — no mixers, please.
Be sure to know the difference in personal space in South and North America — South Americans like to get close when engaging in conversation, while North Americans may view this behavior as an invasion of personal space; wear clothes with lots of pockets when boarding a flight (if pockets are utilized correctly you could find yourself with an extra carry-on!); and go ahead and memorize your passport number — this can come in handy when you’re checking into your hotel, or renting a car, or when you’re filling out your customs form on the flight home and the exact location of your passport in your oversized/overstuffed bag escapes you.
Before you score a plane ticket, check out today’s infographic, and bask in your new-found knowledge of the world. [Via]
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There’s this little thing in the grammar world called an Oxford comma. Basically, it is the comma placed before the conjunction in a series of words in a sentence. And yes, it’s totally confusing and the cause of much debate.
Let me try to break it down for you. Here are two sentences, one of which uses the Oxford comma:
a. After it happened, I only talked to my therapists, my mom and my dad.
b. After it happened, I only talked to my therapists, my mom, and my dad.
In the first sentence, ‘I’ is implying that the mom and dad are the therapists, making it seem like only two other people are involved. The second sentence clarifies that the subject is speaking about three or more people.
Neither of these are incorrect, depending on who you talk to. If you ask most grammar enthusiasts, the Oxford comma is accepted and encouraged for clarification. But if you are dealing with someone who works in the news industry and uses the AP Stylebook, the sentence is correct if you omit the last comma entirely. As both of these things, I personally think the Oxford comma is valid in certain instances and I use it when necessary.
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When do you get up in the morning? This particular infographic, done by Maria Popova at brainpickings.org, explores this question in regard to famous writers such as Charles Darwin, Stephen King, and Sylvia Plath. It has been said that “sleep is the best creative aphrodisiac”. Dreams often speak to us in many ways – spiritually, creatively and psychologically. We are put in situations that we may never have thought of outside of a dream-state. From our sleep cycles we can tap into our unconscious minds and apply it to our daily living through creative work such as writing. In this infographic, a correlation is made between an author’s daily sleep cycle and their creative output and the awards they’ve received.
It should be noted however that correlation does not equal causation. Just because Sylvia Plath woke up everyday at 4 a.m. doesn’t mean that that directly contributed to here skill as a writer. This information should be taken with a grain of salt and be regarded more as an interesting look at how each of these writers daily routines have played out in regard to their work and prizes they received. Despite this, there is an interesting trend from the authors shown revealing that the later risers received less accolades and had a smaller output in comparison to the early birds…
What do you think fellow writers? How does sleep affect your writing?
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Dreams are a very strange and often powerful phenomena. They can shake you out of your slumber and they can even make you cry. Dreams can be so vivid and lucid it can make you wonder if you were even dreaming at all. They can feel extremely real because of the emotional content they so very often contain.
This infographic exhibits 12 of the most common themes we all share about our dreams. Just before waking this morning, I dreamt my friends and I were climbing an enormous rock-like tree. They all went one way; a safe way. I ended up so far away from them on my own path and so high in the air and tired that I felt frozen with paralysis. After contemplating the reality of falling, I conquered the fear and fatigue I had and made my way to my friends.
Though this dream would appear to be random, once analyzed, I was afraid of being alone after my own journey. We are all able and ready to break out. We must forge our own paths. Real friends will be there waiting for you at the end of your climb. When you let it, failure can always occur. Falling, failing is many times our motivation to understand what is most important.
Though my imagination was hard at work, the meaning of my dream was clear as day. This tree of life I climbed; we can all relate to. The way we climb it is up to us. [via]
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I love horror movies. My first encounter with a horror movie was when I was only a kid of about 7 or 8 years spending the night with my grandfather. Every time I would stay with him, we would go to the local Hastings and pick out a couple of movies to watch. (Anybody here remembering renting movies?) Every time I went into a movie rental store, the first place I would go would be the horror section. My parents would never let me watch any scary movies, because apparently, The Exorcist and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre were “not good” for my mind. Stupid parents. What do they know?
Anyway, I was with Granddad, and I remember him telling me to get any movie I wanted to watch. With so many great classics to choose from, my first impulse was Scream 2. (I think I was just too excited to be watching a scary movie, that I wasn’t really paying attention to which one I picked.) So, we went back home, watched it, and I learned why my parents didn’t want me to watch scary movies. Because they are scary. It was the first time I had watched a movie and made myself cover my eyes. No one had to tell me, I just knew that I didn’t want to see people being murdered.
That little anecdote does really have anything to do with this infographic, but it kind of explains itself. Also, it’s a promo for Cabin In The Woods, which was a fantastic horror movie, if you’re a true horror movie fan. Go watch it, and enjoy this infographic while you’re at it! [via]