What’s In Your Trash? [infographic]

February 16, 2012 |  by  |  Environmental  |  No Comments
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Today, I am going to admit one of my faults. I have a tendency to leave unfinished food on my plate and I allow some food to spoil before I finish it. While I work to minimize this fault, there’s no doubt I do it and the little scraps of food add up to several meals over the years. My U.S. culture never quite emphasized the importance of conserving food and minimizing waste, but at the school dining halls I read facts about waste, and it definitely opens my perspective. Food waste takes up the most space in the landfills, and the majority of it is once delicious food that could have been enjoyed by someone. I have increased my awareness in my kitchen, cooking only a realistic amount of food that I am sure I will consume. It’s hard to be perfect, but little changes can make large differences in the food waste industry.

Recycling is another great way to help with minimal effort. If you live in a large apartment complex, most areas have laws that require the complex to have a recycling option. So if your building does not have it, talk to someone in charge about recycling. Recycling and finishing your dinner are two simple tasks that take hardly any extra time, so do them.[Via]

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Valentine’s Day By the Numbers [Infographic]

February 15, 2012 |  by  |  Holiday  |  No Comments
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Here is a little Valentine’s Day wrap up as you recover from your candy and love hangovers.

Today’s infographic begins with a short history of Valentine’s Day, a history that traces back to ancient Rome with Lupercalia, a fertility festival and touches on a few high points as the holiday slowly takes on its present shape. This history is in no way exhaustive, but it does beg the question: how in the world did the modern Valentine’s Day, a holiday predominantly about expensive jewelry, cut flowers and Hallmark cards, come about?

Next, the infographic tackles average Valentine’s Day expenses and trends. And, it shines a light on the inordinate amount of Sweetheart candies produced annually. I think someone needs to take a stand against Sweethearts. Those things are not good.

If you are one of the 62% of adults who claim to celebrate the holiday, I hope it was a good one, and if you’re not, well, Tuesday’s over and we are one day closer to the weekend! [via]

Valentine's Day By the Numbers Infographic

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Proper Flower Etiquette for Valentine’s Day [infographic]

February 14, 2012 |  by  |  Holiday  |  2 Comments
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Happy Valentine’s Day, Infographers! Although many criticize this day as a hallmark holiday, I have always viewed it as a day to celebrate the friends, family and loved ones in your life. While one shouldn’t need a holiday to express love, it sometimes helps remind you to slow it down and recognize all of the love in our busy lives. Lets get to loving!

Flowers are such a sweet gift for both lovers and friends. Flowers smell beautifully, look fresh and natural and don’t add a layer of valentines day fat to your hips. This infographic sheds some light on proper floral etiquette. So guys, bring some daises for your office, give your girlfriend dahlias, your boyfriend orchids (for virility HA HA). And remember, red roses are for love, yellow are for friendship and BLACK are for hate, so don’t show up with the wrong color or you could be going home alone. [Via]

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A Retailer’s Heart-On for Valentine’s Day [infographic]

February 13, 2012 |  by  |  Holiday  |  No Comments
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With Valentine’s Day around the corner I thought I would go ahead and share this infographic I found. I’m not sure if I believe this, but according to today’s infographic Retailer’s Get Their Heart-On For Valentine’s Day people are expected to spend $17 billion. Simply because of the nature of the “holiday” it is not surprising to see that men are projected to spend twice as much as women come this Tuesday. Although the popularity of shopping at discount stores for gifts is decreasing it still remains the number one source for gifts for your significant other.

However you feel about Valentine’s Day today’s infographic has some pretty interesting facts and figures. I’m sure soon enough online shopping will gain some ground on discount stores, but then that would require some planning on the buyer’s part. [via]

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13 Strange Highs from Around the World [infographic]

February 12, 2012 |  by  |  Entertainment, Recreation, Travel  |  22 Comments
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Maybe it’s pessimistic, but when it comes to what people will do to exit their sober minds, I’m rarely surprised. Getting high is an ancient practice for humans, and it will always have a presence in society.

At the height of desperation, there simply are no boundaries to the pursuit of inebriation. All thirteen points in this infographic are glaring examples of this.

It seems fundamentally human to not want to have one’s face in/around/ or near one’s own excrement. This aversion seems to disappear at some level of human deprivation. “Jenkem” is perhaps the most disturbing proof of this. It is human feces kept long enough to ferment, for the purpose of inhaling the fumes and enjoying the subsequent psychological effects.
Yea, people do that.

Though certainly the most repulsive example, this buzz is listed among stranger methods of exiting sobriety.
I must also add, I am by no means condoning these practices. So if, for whatever twisted reason you feel yourself itching with curiosity…Don’t try this at home, kids. (via)

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