Hearing Loss [infographic]

February 18, 2012 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  7 Comments
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There is nothing more relaxing than putting on your earphones and submersing yourself in music. But when I can hear someone else’s music, while listening to my own music, then you have got to turn the music down for the sake of your ears!

The ear is one of the most delicate organs of our bodies. With over 15,000 noise transferring hair cells in each ear, we definitely have more than enough hairs to spare. But once they’re gone, they’re  gone! If you can’t hear a person talking 3 feet away from you, then you could be slowly butchering your ears to a hairless conch.

I can recall the days I would drive with my brother, him on the passenger side with his ear buds in listening to his music on full blast. I could hear every single word and guitar riff all the way on the driver side. I couldn’t get a word in through all the music being pumped full blast into his ears.

Today’s infographic allows you to gauge what daily sounds could potentially damage your delicate ears. So next time, be weary when you stand in front of the giant speakers at your next concert or raise the volume on your ipod; your ears will thank you later. [via]

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Presidents on the Move [infographic]

February 17, 2012 |  by  |  Government  |  No Comments
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As this year’s presidential race heats up it is always good to take a look back at some of our country’s previous leaders. Today’s infographic shows the two most recent and two least recent presidents, as well as where they took up residency throughout their lives. As for myself, I can only call Texas and Louisiana my home. I don’t feel bad though. George Washington only lived in 3 states, and I’ve got a good chance I’ll stick around his number.

Another interesting aspect of today’s graphic is how much Obama and Bush have traveled compared to the founding fathers. We have become a nation of fifty different states that span thousands of miles. There is no surprise that good guy George couldn’t traverse the present US with such limited technology. Modern travel is so amazing our current president has resided in areas like Hawaii, New York City and the two most important Washingtons: State and DC.

Bush is not as worldly as Obama and has only resided in Texas outside New England. He got to see the different sides of the lone star state from our desert to the sea. I’m sure he’s ridden the West Texas sands dunes, experience Houston’s hellish humidity and did whatever there’s to do in Dallas, but I’m not sure if his time in Texas helped his foreign policy.

There are a lot of different cultures within America and having a president that has experienced a few different ones is a must for me. I’d like to see some other presidential residential maps to see if any of them can compare to newest Mr. President. [MyMove]

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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]

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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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