17 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Morning Coffee [infographic]

November 2, 2011 |  by  |  Food  |  1 Comment
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I take my daily coffee rituals very seriously. And, compared to a few of my co-workers, I am only a moderate addict. We have convinced ourselves that we need (yes, need) coffee to wake us up in the morning, to make the tedious tasks a little more bearable, and to deliver us safely past the after-lunch lull. “Caffeinated” not only describes beverages, but it also fairly describes us after a rough day at work. I’m not judging you, coffee addict, I am bonding with you.

If any of these scenarios could be taken out of your super-secret diary, take a look at the infographic below for some fun facts about everyone’s favorite legal addiction. (And if you scoff in my general direction, preferring tea or diet coke, check out the infographic anyway for some fun dinner party trivia.) Did you know, for example, that coffee is one of the highest traded commodities, second only to oil? Or that coffee addiction was viewed as a vice in the 1700s? [via]

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Locked Out [infographic]

November 1, 2011 |  by  |  Sports  |  1 Comment
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The basketball world is seeing a bit of turbulence. I knew a lockout was going on, but had no idea what that really meant or how it affected fans and players. This infographic is great for the basketball geniuses and basketball novices (like myself). So much politics are involved in the whole negotiation process, it can get very confusing, but I think this infographic does a great job of guiding you through the process and what already happened.

For all of you who know the players, teams and coaches, this infographic gives a good insight to how players are dealing with all of this drama as well. All we want is for the lockout to be unlocked and for the games to begin again! [Designed by Direct TV affiliate US Direct]

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The anatomy of fear [infographic]

October 31, 2011 |  by  |  Holiday  |  No Comments
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Boo! Did I scare you? Probably not, but it’s the thought that counts. Today is Halloween or All Hallows Eve for those of you who prefer ye olde English. As you all know it is a day when kids and adults alike get dressed up and indulge in “treats,” for kids it’s candy for us, well it’s something that makes you feel worse than candy the following morning. Unfortunately Halloween day is on Monday, and though it will not deter everyone from partying tonight, many celebrated this weekend. Personally I went to a couple of friend’s parties and checked out 6th street in downtown Austin. This being my first Halloween to be of drinking age, I had to check out what all the hubub is about. Though it was a cool site to see, the crowd is just too big to have any real fun, besides waiting forever in line to get into the bars.

Many of us without children will probably be treating today like any other day, except maybe more likely to watch a horror movie or something of the sort. A holiday largely associated with fear, today’s infographic The Anatomy of Fear outlines what fear is and some of the things that cause it. The definition of fear according to today’s infographic: a basic survival mechanism in response to pain or threat of danger.

One of the more interesting phobias listed, nomophobia, is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. The joys of our technology reliant society, in opinion this is kind of a ridiculous phobia. Anyway why is it we like being scared? For one the same place of the brain that experiences fear also is associated with pleasure. It is also a method of testing and overcoming our limits as well as realizing we are not always in danger and can enjoy the adrenalin rush.[via]

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The Craziest Country in the World [infographic]

October 30, 2011 |  by  |  Government, Politics, Travel  |  2 Comments
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Hey guys, I’m a new writer here! I’m pretty stoked about it. The name’s Julie, and I ain’t no foolie, but I am a Sophomore in college, and just spent an epic summer reconnecting with my roots in Ireland. I’ve got the heart of a nomad, and my  interest in other cultures led me to finding this particularly enlightening infographic. Enjoy!

In a country where I would be publicly executed for writing this, a Kim Jong (mentally?) il is the only one having a good time. Since his illustrious birth under a double rainbow, his name has claimed quite a bit of infamy. My personal favorite of his accomplishments was at one point being the world’s largest buyer of Hennessy. Clearly, the Dear Leader knows how to party.

While this bite-size tyrant lives in unbridled luxury, the citizens of North Korea toil under the constant strain of poverty. Surrounded by a constant barrage of propaganda, all except the ruling elite live in fear of prosecution. Although it’s  a self-proclaimed “Democratic Republic”, North Korea aligns it’s governance more alongside Stalinist Dictatorship. Regular ol’ North Koreans can be executed for a variety of different petty crimes, including failure to adore the Dear Leader or “hoarding food”.

Food is a scarce commodity in North Korea. In fact, a recent famine killed an estimated 3.5 million people.  But if you were thinking of visiting this charming little country, don’t worry- there’ll be plenty for you to eat- thanks to carefully staged, local-official-supervised visits to restaurants. Food shortage? What food shortage? [ Online Schools]

 

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Exposé: The Skinny On College Athletics [infographic]

October 29, 2011 |  by  |  Gaming, Sports  |  No Comments
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Good day! My name is Delano Taylor and I’m one of the newest writers to join the already stellar team here at the Daily Infographic. Hailing from Fort Worth, TX, I’m currently studying English at Texas State University-San Marcos. If you’d like to get to know me better, strike a conversation, or just stalk me, follow me on twitter at @delanotaylor. I follow back.

Many would suggest college football is one of the few cash crops remaining in our great country. The coach standing on the sideline overseeing the field work of his subservient while, like 21st century Roman spectators, we watch from bars and couches and stadium seats as modern day gladiators battle for collegiate supremacy. And how do we justify the means of watching sometimes barbaric human on human conquests? “They’re living the life, being treated like royalty, just ballin’” is $#*! my dad would say. But after reading the infographic below, you will see that this ideology may not be as valid as it seems.

In fact, more than 300 student athletes signed a petition to change the current system so that they receive some of the revenue acquired in this billion dollar industry. Being a budding socialite, I do know a few student athletes and they don’t seem to have it too bad. But considering the time, effort, and toll sports take on your body, would it be unreasonable to give these students a few more greenbacks for representing their school on a week to week basis? How would you feel to have a video game character made in your exact image, donning the same number as yourself, but not receiving a dime from it? The EA NCAA Football series consistently makes bank by giving gamers the ability to play as their favorite student athlete minus the athlete’s name. To the athletes, the latter of that sentence sounds more like no name, no paycheck. Sly move, EA. To some, being in a video game would be fine, even with no pay. I’m not advocating schools dish out money to student athletes, but I’m not completely against it. Whether you’re on or off it, there’s a battle brewing over the field. What side are you on? [Online Masters Degree]

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