A World Without Magnets [Infographic]

February 13, 2013 |  by  |  Education, Mind-Blowing  |  1 Comment
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When mention of magnets emerge, it’s hard for me not to think of the infamous ICP track ‘Miracles’ “F-ing magnets, how do they work?” There’s just so much magic up in this bitch.

Obviously magnets are not purely here to confound us, but in all seriousness, magnetization is the reason why many of our modern-day conveniences exist. That’s right, no vacuums, dryers, blenders, washers or mixers. All of these items are produced from a magnet propelled electric motor. Other items that use electric motors like MRI machines, microphones and batteries would be extinct and defunct.

Even going beyond that, there wouldn’t be any electricity to harness! All of our power plants, regardless of variety use magnets. Even going back into the pre-industrial age, there wouldn’t have been compasses for early explorers! But when thinking about that, compasses work by reading the magnetization fields surrounding Earth. So in this hypothetical world of sans-magnetization, Earth would not be safely floating through space right now. You see, the interior heat of the Earth creates a magnetic field around Earth (not unlike a battery). This Magnetosphere creates a protective bubble around Earth and deflects most of the charged particles from the Sun around our planet! So give it up for Magnetism!

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Annual Cost of Pets [infographic]

February 12, 2013 |  by  |  Animals, Lifestyle  |  6 Comments
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Oh pets. Man’s best friend. Crazy cat lady’s only friend. Whatever you prefer (I’m a cat person, myself), these furry friends can be quite costly. Those little guys have to eat!

Pet costs add up quickly. Aside from the every day costs like food, pet costs sky rocket when your your critter gets sick. Dogs get into bags of M&Ms, cats eat a plant covered in fertilizer and they wind up in the vet clinic. A couple of costly IVs later, and you find yourself with a big ol’ vet bill.

Today’s infographic details the average costs of animals a year. From large dogs at $875 to fish at $35, there are definitely pets for every budget. Go on and get yourself a fish. Or a dog, if you can swing it! [Via]

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A Brief History of YouTube [Infographic]

February 11, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, Internet  |  1 Comment
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If you want to see your favorite music video or maybe an example of a do-it-yourself task you’re working on, where is the very first place online that you would go to? Chances are the answer is YouTube. Even though there are several other video services on the Internet, none come anywhere near the success and prevalence of YouTube. Since its beginning in 2005, YouTube has risen to the top in terms of sites visited (it’s the number 2 search engine behind Google) and has since held its place there comfortably.

Today’s infographic goes over YouTube’s history in its relatively short existence. The first video (called “Me at the zoo”) was posted in April of 2005 and a year and a half later in October of 2006, YouTube was bought by Google for an astounding $1.65 billion. They weren’t done growing yet though; within three years there were 1 billion videos being viewed daily, a number which quadrupled in 2012.

How long will YouTube be able to continue to grow and remain the most dominant video site? It’s hard to say for sure, but if current trends continue then YouTube will likely be around for a long time to come. For more information on the history and current performance of YouTube, refer to the infographic below. [Via]

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Who Won the Social Media Superbowl? [infographic]

February 8, 2013 |  by  |  Sports  |  1 Comment
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How was the Superbowl this year? As a household without cable, keeping up with sports is not my forte. I’ve heard through the grape vine it wasn’t very entertaining or what one would consider a “good game” besides Beyonce’s ridiculously awesome half time show. Ya, I looked that up on youtube…

I believe this is the first Superbowl where football as a sport didn’t garner as much attention as the half-time performance, technical difficulties or brotherly rivalry. Is this a sign that the athletic aspect of sports are not as important as the entertainment aspect? I know ESPN has started putting microphones on outspoken players, is the game not enough?

But don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a good football game. I’ve attended literally thousands of sporting events thanks to my dad working in the sports industry, but I truly believe the game is changing. Today’s graphic is about the social media impact of the teams, but if compared to the power outage or Beyonce I’d bet the athletic tweet count would pale in comparison. [Via]

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Your Guide to Sugar [infographic]

February 7, 2013 |  by  |  Food, Health  |  3 Comments
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I think we can all agree that one of the hardest things about keeping a diet is the whole, “no sweets” part. But sadly, sugar is in practically everything we eat, so even when we think we are being good, sugar is sneaking its way into our diets. Most people think that fruit is the safe way to go when trying to curb a sweet craving, but in fact, fruit is loaded with sugar, and it can ruin a diet if you eat too much of it.

Today’s infographic is a great way to visualize what sugary foods are sneaking their way into your diet. I was sad to see that an apple had a surprisingly large amount of sugar. But hey, ya gotta eat something right? [via]

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