Gangnam Style! The Anatomy of the Viral Sensation

September 8, 2012 |  by  |  Funny, Internet  |  3 Comments
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First thing’s first, if you have no idea what the heck Gangam Style is, please refer to Youtube. There, now that you have been thoroughly entertained and satisfied by South Korea’s finest, lets think about how on earth this got to be so popular on the (at least American) web.

Gangnam, if you didn’t know, is a very wealthy and affluent region in South Korea. Holding 7% of the GDP of the nation (comparable to New York albeit a fraction of the land) Gangnam is where Hyundai, Samsung, and LG all hail from. This region, perhaps through its ties with these companies, might have an influence on the culture in ways that would be sympathetic to our American tastes. But then why is this the first K Pop single to catch on?

Well, not only does it cater to our random-comedy-tastebuds, it has a little-kid-michael-jackson-impersonator, sexy ladies, nice cars, party-hard/YOLO attitude and a freaking line-dance that looks like an imaginary horse ride into the sunset! If all of that doesn’t scream America in 2012, then I have no idea what does. But really, in all seriousness this video just makes me happy, so I hope this opens some horizons into Korean and other Asian popular music in American because, damn they know how to have fun. OPPAN GANGAM STYLE! [via]

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Max Speed Limits by US State [infographic]

September 7, 2012 |  by  |  Travel  |  1 Comment
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Speeds limits differ from state to state, but just this year Texas took a step further and gave the okay for speed limits up to 85 MPH. As a Texan who has experienced the drive through the West Texas desert – going below 85MPH was never an option. Now after over seven million dollars of studies the Texas Department of Transportation has identified the “85th percentile” speed. This means that “if 85 percent of motorists are currently driving 75 mph or slower on a road posted for 70, increasing the legal maximum to 75 mph won’t mean that most drivers will reflexively begin going 80.” This rule was decided because most drivers stay at a steady pace depending on the road’s design and topography, not the posted speed limit.

There are two sides to the argument though. With increased speeds come more dangerous wrecks. Although a study on traffic fatalities along “I-10 and I-20 actually decreased in the three years after the [increased speed] change, the department said.” There seems to be some concrete support for such high speed limits, and as a commuter in Texas I can only agree. [RidePros]

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College Textbook Prices [infographic]

September 6, 2012 |  by  |  Education  |  3 Comments
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Alas, another semester of school has graced its presence upon us. And for those of us who are in college, so begins the painful, raging fire that will burn a giant hole in our pockets. As I breathe a sigh of relief after forking over several thousand dollars for tuition, I somehow have to magically conjure another $300 to pay for books.

Buying books hurts my soul. And I’m not exaggerating. I’ll mope around and eat Ramen cause that’s seriously all I can afford after paying for tuition and books. Why in the world are textbooks so expensive?! Today’s infographic tells us why. Turns out, it’s because textbook companies know that well pay for it. It’s all about supply and demand. They have the freaking golden key to textbooks, and darn it, we need that key. Thankfully as I have become older and wiser, I have discovered renting and online book purchasing. Now I can upgrade to a heartier, more wholesome soup, like Progresso to replenish my achy broke soul. [via]

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Life Hacks [infographic]

September 5, 2012 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  2 Comments
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Today’s infographic speaks on life hacks, something it defines as ingenious ways to do everyday things in a shorter amount of time. After reading over the infographic myself, I have to say there are some nice little tips and tricks that can ease some of my daily headaches.

For instance, there’s a hack that encourages you to make a playlist long enough for your daily routine. Put that on, jam out, and it’ll send you out the door with a little pep in your step. And just in time for football season, there’s a hack that can get you to your cold brew with immensely decreased wait times. Give the infographic a read. There’s a few typos here and there, but I don’t think it’ll take away from a reader’s experience too much. Enjoy your day! [Via]

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No Cart Left Behind [infographic]

September 4, 2012 |  by  |  eCommerce, Internet, Retail  |  No Comments
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Online shopping is a practical facet of modern life. We have access to thousands of shops at the tips of our fingertips. Online shopping is the busy mans life saver. Need a pair of curtains but can’t get to the store? Order them! But online shops are facing a small problem, not everyone who fills up their cart is checking out.

I have been guilty of this many times. I browse my internet hot spots like Madewell, Anthropologie and J Crew, and add items to my cart that are far out of my price range. And then leave. That’s it. No purchase necessary, just some good old fashioned window shopping! Today’s infographic discusses the many reasons that shoppers abandon their cart and what they can do to remedy that.

Aside from the window shoppers, many shoppers with intention to purchase their items are deflected by shipping costs. Reducing shipping costs, offering free shipping when possible and ensuring a speedy delivery are ways to keep customers around until the end. [Via]

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