Yes, you read today’s title correctly, before the 17th century carrots in fact used to be purple. The carrots we eat today are actually the mutant strains of those of the past; we have the Dutch to thank for the carrots of today. Today’s infographic entitled 10 Fascinating Food Facts is chuck full of food facts that many of us may have never heard before.
I don’t know about you, but Rice Krispies are amongst my favorite of cereals. Not only are they a breakfast cereal but when mixed with marshmallows make some pretty delicious treats. There is also their slogan, how can anyone ever forget the catchy slogan of snap, crackle, pop? Have you ever wondered how exactly that snap, crackle, pop happens? This may be dumb, but I did not know that Rice Krispies are made of actual rice and the snap, crackle, pop is all in the cooking process. Similar to popping popcorn, the rice is cooked into a kernel with thin walls allowing for air pockets to form within, once cold milk is added you get that snap, crackle, pop that we are all used to.
Have you ever wondered why a baker’s dozen is 13 instead of 12? Back in the day bakers used to have it pretty rough, if they were ever caught cheating a customer they would receive punishments such as having their hands chopped off or their ear nailed to to the bakery door. As a result bakers always made sure to give extra product to avoid punishment. [via]Share This Infographic
In case you didn’t already know this coming Sunday, May 8th, is Mother’s Day. A day we can give back to the lady who gave birth to us. Some mom’s want jewelry, others want to sleep in, luckily this year all I have to do is clean my mother’s car. Today’s infographic, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Mother’s Day, as you may have already guessed is about Mother’s Day.
The term “Mother’s Day” was coined by Anna Jarvis in 1912 as being on the second Sunday of every May. Despite her protests Mother’s Day became commercialized within nine years of having been created. Today Mother’s Day ranks as the third holiday behind only Christmas and Easter. [via]Share This Infographic
I don’t know about you, but anything at the movie theater these days is just way too expensive. With movie tickets costing about $10 each and snacks costing as much as a meal, it almost doesn’t seem worth it to go to the movies anymore. Sneaking candy into the movies has never been more enticing than it is today, but those extra snacks may be even worse than you think. Not only are movie theater snacks extremely expensive, but they are full of calories as well.
Have you ever wondered the nutrition value of movie theater snacks? Wonder no more, today’s infographic, The Scary Truth About Movie Theater Snacks is all about how bad movie theater snacks are. For example did you know a large popcorn with butter is the equivalent of having four cheeseburgers, or 1500 calories? What if you decided you wanted a small package of candy instead? It’s smaller it’s bound to be better for you right? Wrong, an 8 oz package of Reese’s pieces is 1200 calories. Ultimately a worse amount of food to calorie ratio. [Diet To Go]Share This Infographic
How many of y’all are friends with your professors on facebook? I have friended a couple of my past teachers, but not very many. I feel that the learning community didn’t really know to jump into the social media wave, but they ultimately went for it. Over 90% of college faculty engages with social media compared to less than 50% of other professionals. Those in higher education seem to care less if students know about their real life as to someone with a business client.
I’ve heard that employers and universities will look up applicants on facebook or twitter to see what they are like when they aren’t in an interview. As much as it is creepy, sometimes having a company see that you will fit its culture from your twitter is a good thing.
In my opinion professionals will gradually enter the social media world. Most start-ups and technology companies encourage their employees to have a twitter. This way customers believe they are creating a relationship with the companies through social media outlets. All organizations know the key to repeat customers is post-purchase interaction. [Via]
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I can honestly say I’ve never purchased anything from these daily deal companies. There are some great deals, but nothing that they offer really piques my interest. Sky diving and Outback Steakhouse – I don’t need those. Yeah, I get them for cheaper, but it is still costing me money I wouldn’t have spent in the first place.
I know the majority of users, like myself, just wait until there is a deal for a place they frequent, I just haven’t seen anything worthwhile yet. I remember when Google offered billions of dollars to buy out Groupon, and Groupon turned them down. That seemed like a smart move then, Groupon’s market share was dominating, they were the big player. Now in 2011, Facebook has launched Facebook Deals: an immediate 600 million people are going to know about it. Groupon may have made the wrong decision. With Google now entering the market with Google Offers and Living Social ramping up their marketing effort, the daily deal industry is in for one nasty battle. We will need to wait and see who comes out on top. [Via]
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