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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Eco-Housing 101 [infographic]

February 11, 2012 |  by  |  Environmental, Lifestyle  |  2 Comments
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While running an eco-friendly home is not a high priority on many people’s list, today’s infographic tells you how to do just that. Although it’s from the UK, it can be very insightful to even us Amercians.

The tips range from basic knowledge, such as turning off the water when you brush your teeth, to insulation tips that can put more than a few pennies back into your wallet.

Not too many of the tips below are things I haven’t heard of, but I will say I don’t practice energy conservation as much as I should. With a good number of the tips being something as simple as turning off a faucet or not charging my phone all night, I plan to start.  Hopefully you’ll join me! [Via]

 

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What Happens to Your Digital Life When You Die? [Video Infographic]

February 10, 2012 |  by  |  Social Media  |  4 Comments
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Imagine if one of your best friends kept a trunk of of their personality… Their likes, dislikes, photos, home videos, conversations, feelings and secrets. Then out of no-where, when your friend is hit by an airplane, Google comes knocking at your door with the legal right to take, use, and recreate whatever they’d like using what’s in your friend’s trunk. Seems wrong doesn’t it?

This is already happening. The biggest culprit has to be facebook. I know I’ve uploaded years worth of data and personality traits to my facebook account that even if I was dead, a stranger could get a sense of who I was and I’m not even a good facebooker.

I feel some people put so much of themselves on the social media outlets, they wouldn’t be the same without it. Writing a depressing status almost always guarantees a few people will comment. Throw up some regurgitated meme from Reddit? Massive ‘likes’. Facebook and other social media outlets can grant us unlimited attention; we just have to tell these companies something personal. Luckily the data these networks collect is all under anonymity… Or so they say. What’s stopping a facebook employee from creeping around our info and selling it on the side?

Although the social revolution is scary, it isn’t going anywhere. We all know facebook and google use our personalities for profit, yet we still visit them daily. Is it right to use a dead man’s memory for cash? No. Are you going to do anything about it?…Mhmmm…[Via]

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Have You Ever… [infographic]

February 8, 2012 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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Hunch has done it again. How can you resist looking at a breakdown of how 80 million Hunch users answered questions like “Have you ever ridden a segway?” You might be pleased to know that only 7% answered yes to that question. I also like knowing that 62% of respondents have written a poem that wasn’t for a school assignment.

Some of the “have you ever?” questions covered in the infographic go into even more detail. I know I’m fixating on the segway question, but apparently, that 7% who said yes are more likely to juggle and ride in hot air balloons and less likely to use a PC or brake at a yellow light. Maybe I have had this all wrong. Segway riders sound like an adventurous lot, and I commend them.

Though just a small glimpse, today’s infographic taps into one perk of the internet’s widespread network: access. Enjoy! [via]

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Fatal Attraction: Cosmetics and Chemicals [infographic]

February 7, 2012 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle, Politics  |  7 Comments
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What girl doesn’t love makeup? Who doesn’t love having a flawless complexion, rosy cheeks, perfectly pink lips, and mile long lashes? Not to mention how much love we have for products. We love to smell good, feel soft and silky, and be primped to perfection. Although these products make you look great, American cosmetic companies are allowing harmful chemicals into our beloved products.

The cosmetic industry is self regulated and allows companies to include harmful chemicals, 89% of which have not been tested by the FDA. The aluminum in deodorant has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and the application of deodorant may be linked to breast cancer. Deodorants are not washed off and the harmful chemicals can collect in the arm pit and upper breast area. Until the FDA begins to regulate deodorants, try natural alternatives that can be found at Swanson.

Lipstick contains more lead than the FDA’s upper limit for candy. Most women wear lipstick every day and the long term exposure can lead to DNA damage. The oxybenzone in sunscreen is linked to hormone disruption and cellular disease. Mothers need to be warned about the harmful chemicals in baby products such baby shampoo, bubble bath, hand soap and anti static spray.

Something needs to change. Because of my sensitive skin I use all natural products almost exclusively, but I will have to swap out some of my makeup products after reading this infographic. Until some changes are made in the government to increase regulations, you should try to buy all natural products. The Whole Foods beauty and bath department is fantastic, and Swanson Health Products is an online resource for natural products at reduced prices. Now that you have options you can adjust your beauty routine and exclude harmful chemicals. [Via]

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