The Magic of the Snowy Owl [Infographic]

October 31, 2012 |  by  |  Animals  |  No Comments
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HOOT! That’s owlspeak for BOO! In honor of this spooky Halloween I found a nifty little infographic on the Ghost Owl, better known as the Snowy Owl in the States (and Hedwig for those attending Hogwarts). So apparently this owl is totally boss. Snowy owls have these things called Facial Discs (stiff feathers around their eyes) to direct sound waves toward their ears. These ears, in fact, are asymmetrically located on their head to help these owls pinpoint their prey more accurately. Speaking of prey, THESE OWLS CAN NOM — eating almost 1,600 lemmings a year! That’s 3-5 of those cute, dumb little rodents a day!

The rest of the infographic contains a lot of cool information and facts about this bitchin’ bird. Like the fact that it’s been it’s own genus for years. BOSS. But recent genetic research shows that they are related to horned owls. Bummer, but you still rock Hedwig! Also I didn’t know this but it totally makes sense — owls in general can’t move their (human-sized) eyeballs on their own. They have to move their flexible neck to look around! I guess that’s why owls are so chill, no shifty eyes; or from another perspective, mad freaky. But if this bird gives you the heebie jeebies, don’t fret, for this bird resides in the far north near the arctic circle. No trick or treating for this fowl. HAPPY SPOOKING. BWAWAWAWAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. [via]

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Hallowe’en [infographic]

October 30, 2012 |  by  |  Holiday  |  1 Comment
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Halloween week is upon us! Many celebrated last weekend with halloween parties, trips to the bars and lots of fun, but the real holiday is tomorrow! Are you planning to dress up? Halloween might be one of my favorites, but I only ever dress up as a cat, ballerina or french girl (only once).

Families spend an average of $150 on Halloween preparations. This includes costumes, fake blood, and pumpkins! One way to cut down on costs is to think up costumes that use your regular clothes. Lucky for you all, I have three A+ (in my opinion) costumes that may be sitting in your closet or only require a few quick purchases!

My personal favorite, the cat. Grab a cheap pair of kitty ears, draw some whiskers in black eyeliner, throw on a black top and black jeans and step into your favorite black stilettos.

The ballerina. Buy or make a tutu- tule is really easy to work with and extremely inexpensive – wear a black tank top or leotard and some tights. Oh and twirl all night long.

The French girl. A striped shirt, a drawn on mustache and a berret. Voila!

Have a happy and safe Halloween! [Via]

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Money Spent on Healthcare and Disease Eradication [Infographic]

October 29, 2012 |  by  |  Government, Health  |  No Comments
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We, as humans, have done many amazing things throughout our history (many of them within the past few hundred years). We’ve reached the highest peaks, traversed near-unfathomable depths and now we even have our sights set on expanding our studies and research beyond just our planet. Even with all of these achievements, however, we all have still have something in common to keep us grounded: illness.

With our global population growing ever larger year after year we now have more potential than ever before to grow and learn as people, but it also means that more and more treatments for illnesses and sickness are necessary, and it’s not cheap. Today’s infographic explores the amount spent (and projected to be spent) on healthcare from five first-world nations and what exactly it’s being spent on.

For instance, the most money being spent on healthcare in the U.K. at the moment tends to be focused on research and development (hundreds of millions of dollars spent on stem cell and neurodegeneration research) whereas the U.S. healthcare system invests more in immunizations and HIV/AIDS treatment and research.

For more information on the healthcare spending habits of some of the world’s leading nations, refer to the infographic below. [Via]

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The Essential Equity Release Factsheet [infographic]

October 28, 2012 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Oh snap y’all, this infographic discusses a topic that is growing in importance along with our elderly population. Seriously. If you don’t know what an equity release is, this infogrpahic will show you the way to being more connected with our senior citizens, as this is a life decision many of them are arriving at.

It’s a really great option for numerous folks who are aging and don’t plan on needing extra dough to leave behind. So for a lot of the elderly population, which is constantly growing by the way, getting an equity release makes sense in order to make their “golden years” even more golden. Although this infographic focuses on the plans and fees offered in the U.K., equity releases are growing in popularity in the U.S. as well.

But not everyone owns a house, you say. This is true and a fact that reflects the prejudices and harsh realities of our society. But, with more education and the growing importance of owning homes in terms of what it means for one’s family, hopefully more and more will have the opportunity to make this choice in the future. Have a great Sunday, peeps! [via]

 

 

The Essential Equity Release Factsheet

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Food Trucks [infographic]

October 27, 2012 |  by  |  Food  |  2 Comments
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Oh food trucks, since when did you start popping up on every corner of every town across America? I know you’re delicious, I know you’re convenient, but sometimes I like my air conditioning.

Mobile eateries started popping up in my hometown, Austin, five or six years ago. Since then there has been an explosion and we now boast almost 1300 of them. Yeah, holly crap. Even in my current city of San marcos, with a population of barely 50,000, we have TWO food trailer parks. Probably over 30 vendors in the city as well. Food trucks seem like they have over-saturated the market, but are they here to stay?

I believe a lot of them will move to brick-and-mortar locations once a big following has been garnered. If other trucks take their place, I do not know. Also, as the economy picks up, many of these empty parking lots and eateries are going to be sold to developers. In my opinion a good economy is not good for our mobile snack shacks. [Via]

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