Lucky & Unlucky Numbers Around the World [infographic]

August 27, 2012 |  by  |  Travel  |  12 Comments
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So here’s a pretty cool infographic for ya’ll, Lucky and Unlucky Numbers Around the World. Like the title suggest today’s infographic looks at the different unlucky numbers in various cultures around the world. Admittedly I am not very superstitious although I certainly try to not do things that may bring me bad luck. Here in the United States along with the UK, France, and the Netherland we consider the number seven to be lucky, why? Well like many other things in American culture this has religious roots coming from God making the universe in 7 days and the 7 deadly sins. However it also references the 7 wonders of the ancient world as well as the 7 planets of the ancient world.

A number popping up around the world is the number three, considered to be the perfect number. It even has a saying “all good things come in threes.” There is the triangle which is considered to be an indestructible shape and again we have the biblical reference to the trinity.

On a different note as I write this I am rewatching Arrested Development for the hundredth time and could not be more excited for the new season coming in Spring. Every time I go through and watch the series again I pick up more and more inside jokes and intertwining story lines than I did the time before. I can’t possibly imagine how good the new season is going to be and better yet the movie. [tombola bingo]

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First man’s best friend: The dogs of the presidents [Infographic]

August 26, 2012 |  by  |  Animals, Lifestyle, Politics  |  1 Comment
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Throughout modern history, man has had a good relationship with dogs, his closest allies. Fierce loyalty, companionship and willingness to work hard are a few of the things (among many) that help rightly classify the dog as man’s best friend. When we say man we mean all of mankind, too; it doesn’t matter what your class, social standing or situation is, a dog will always be there for you, which is why they are such popular pets among everyone from the poor all the way up to high-ranking world officials.

Today’s infographic from The Sacramento Bee gives us a list of U.S. presidents and their favorite canines companions. It shows what types of dogs, and how many, some of the most prominent presidents had. For instance, the most popular breed of dog among the presidents is the terrier and Teddy Roosevelt’s dog, Pete, once ripped off the French ambassador’s pants at a White House function.

For more interesting stories and facts about the presidents’ dogs refer to the infographic below. [Via]

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Right vs. Left [Infographic]

August 25, 2012 |  by  |  Politics  |  13 Comments
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Well it’s been another four years. Time to divide again. Whether you like it or not, most of American society is divided within the political realm. Sure we have the Greens and the Libertarians and others, but statistically speaking voter turnout for the two major parties (Democrats and Republicans) has always far surpassed that of the third parties for a long time. Though the terms Democrat and Republican stood for very different left-right beliefs at the time of their conception, today we can firmly say that Democrats lie on the left and Republicans lie on the right of the political thought. But what exactly does that mean?

The left-right political spectrum has been a common way of expressing political positions and ideologies for many years. As in France, the right can be said to be ‘the party of order’ while the left can be called ‘the party of movement’. It’s the eternal struggle that human civilizations must face through time – should we do things based on previous thought or new ones, should we remain or should we change? Of course depending on the current ‘reign’ of office, change can be an operative word depending the opponent. As we shall see in the upcoming weeks, these candidates will represent their parties, though it’s not to say that they will always stick with the pack. They are individuals with their own opinions after all. This infographic merely serves as a map of sorts to give an overall conceptualization of the left-right spectrum so that we can see where these two presidential candidates are coming from, and the values of their political leanings. [via]

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Credit Cards Go Social [infographic]

August 24, 2012 |  by  |  Internet  |  3 Comments
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I have been told over and over again by parents, teachers and friends to never get a credit card until I have sufficient income. Unfortunately not everyone my age has been informed of that. Recent legislature has curbed aggressive marketing tactics on university campuses, but now with social media options, it seems like there are marketers inside our homes.

Credit scores are incredibly important. When a student gets a credit card they cannot afford it can ruin their borrowing ability for decades to come. Students always need education on personal finance and I think we are doing better now than ever before.

An estimated fifty billion dollars worth of credit card debt will take place in 2012. Even though the number is high, delinquency and charge-offs have both declined by over 20%. Just like our slow climb out of the recession, bad credit will slowly decrease as more individuals are educated. [CardHub]

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Sleep 101 [infographic]

August 23, 2012 |  by  |  Health  |  No Comments
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Sleep is absolutely necessary for human life. Almost every living creature requires some little bit of sleep to recharge for the next day ahead. As we slumber, different stages of sleep occur. And whether or not we wake up in the correct stage determines whether we feel rested the next day.

I for one am an extremely light sleeper and almost never feel rested the next day. Even though I’ve slept a solid 8 hours, I usually feel like I’m in a daze throughout the day. There is an amazing amount of complex activity that occurs during the sleep stages. It’s amazing that our recharging process is so intricate! Interpret today’s infographic to your liking, and maybe you’ll able to understand your bodies sleeping process better than before, I know I sure did! [via]

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