The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation [infographic]

January 24, 2014 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Whenever I am asleep I rarely see little Z’s floating above my head, I never dream about being naked at school, and I’ve never come close to getting up and making a meal while sleepwalking. Sleeping is useless. We spend a third of our lives lying dormant doing absolutely nothing. I wish that there were a pill that would allow us a full night’s sleep in 30 seconds. Or what if we invented a kind of energy storing device in our bodies that would allow us to charge while we work as opposed to us turning ourselves off to recharge.

A Polyphasic sleep schedule is an interesting way to utilize more of your time that is currently being wasted on sleep. I have always wanted to discipline myself for this kind of sleep. But only taking a few twenty minute naps during the day would be a hard schedule to jump into. Especially because in the first week your body is not used to the change. And whenever our bodies do not get the sleep they need there are consequences.

The infographic posted today mentions quite a few reasons why, even though it is a waste of time, sleep is important for our health. [via]

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Mother Nature’s Pop Science Guide to Cycling [infographic]

January 23, 2014 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Biking is pretty much the “in” way to commute, especially here in Austin. I myself am a frequent biker and enjoy spending my weekends riding to get my groceries, or just to enjoy some of this rare, beautiful Texas weather before the blistering heat rears its ugly head back into season.

I’ve been using the same Schwinn hybrid bicycle since my sophomore year of college. My baby has safely brought me home after many drunken nights, and was my main source of transportation when my car died during the spring semester of 2010. After all that we have been through, I think I’m ready for a new, big girl bike.

After doing some research, I stumbled upon this infographic that goes over the many different types of bikes that are in existence. It would be hilarious to try and cycle around on a High Wheeler, but for now, I’ll set my sights on a road bike. What kind of bike are you hoping to get? [via]

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11 Simple Ways to Tie a Scarf [infographic]

January 22, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle, Retail  |  No Comments
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For most of the year, here in central texas, a scarf is not a necessary accessory. But come winter, there are particular days of week when something warm and soft around your next is definitely a plus. Today’s infographic features eleven simple ways to tie a scarf.

There is “the drape,” which looks excellent inside of one’s jacket; “the once around,” which I’m particularly fond of — it reminds me of a ferret who just happened to fall asleep while hanging out around someone’s neck; “the overhand,” which can look rather bookish and scholarly; and my favorite — “the parisian knot.”

However you wear your scarf, check out today’s infographic and keep warm! [Via]

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Austin, TX Sucks [infographic]

January 21, 2014 |  by  |  Business, Government, Travel  |  7 Comments
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As a life-long Austinite, I’ve got reservations talking bad about my town. As a local commuter though, all I have to say are bad things. With 158 people moving to Austin every day, the traffic situation is horrid. Public transportation almost completely relies on busses, taxis and pedicabs. All three congest the roads to a point where Tim Lomax, a traffic planning expert, calls the situation “awful”. In a recent study, Austin has learned that there needs to be a 40% decrease in car trips during rush hour for congestion to cease. This is completely impossible when our city council seems averse to drastic transportational change.

A massive subway system, monorail, and an unorthodox idea of Urban Cable are, in my opinion, the only way to decrease our car trips by the required 40%. In reality, Austin most likely needs a combination of all three transportation systems to succeed in traffic reduction.

I know I’m talking mostly about the sucky traffic of Austin, but it is the only thing that really ruins the city. Compared to when I was a child a 20 minute car rides now take upwards of an hour or more during rush hour. Any smart Austinite knows to not be near IH-35 between 3:30pm and 6:30pm. To have the major national highway unusable for three hours a day really puts our problems in perspective. [Via]

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Cigarette Smoking Is Going Up On A Global Scale [Infographic]

January 20, 2014 |  by  |  Health  |  1 Comment
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Smoking has been cool for a long time. From the earliest days of advertisement, cigarettes were the ultimate indicator of normalcy, coolness, rebellion, and sexuality. Though cigarettes still may have these connotations, we all now know how harmful cigarette smoke can be for first-hand or even second-hand inhalations and the allure of cigarettes has somewhat died away. Or has it?

Almost 50 years after the U.S. Surgeon General declared cigarettes to be harmful for your health, a study from Washington State has found that cigarette smoking has gone up on a global scale. A staggering 1 billion people worldwide are still smokers. Between the years 1980 and 2012 the number of adult smokers went from 721 million to about 1 billion. In comparison, the approximate number of cigarettes smoked went from 5 trillion to 6.25 trillion.

You may ask yourself, “Well that doesn’t make sense, there seems to be less people smoking today than before.” If you’re living in the U.S. at least, you would be correct. The number of U.S. smokers has declined from 52 million to 38 million people in the same time period. The issue instead lies within third-world and other poorer countries where cigarette smoking has been embraced more fully, likely due to the lack of restrictions of cigarette companies in these areas.

What really makes these numbers truly staggering is that the World Health Organization estimates that 5 million people die every year from tobacco-related illnesses. This number trumps deaths related to AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined!

If you would like to check out the full visualization of what countries, cultures, sexes, age-groups and other variables factor into this, just click on the picture below.

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