The Dark Side of Halloween [infographic]

October 21, 2011 |  by  |  Crime, Health, Holiday  |  3 Comments
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Once again America’s famous holiday that isn’t really a holiday is upon us. We get to dress up like mystical creatures and scare anyone we want. It is a pretty fun holiday, for all ages.

As a kid there is nothing better than getting free candy. All-I-could-eat candy. I’d get to hang out with friends and go door to door for delicious treats. What a wonderful day. Once I grew into a teenager it was less treats and more trespassing. Toilet papering was really big on the 31st, same with egging and all of those shenanigans. This graphic even says some guy shot dead a teen for throwing eggs at his car. What a bad Halloween for the kid. Now during college, candy is replaced with booze and trick-or-treating with parties. We still dress up and have a blast.

I wonder if Halloween gets worse after college? Once I only attend small get-togethers with my co-workers I don’t know if I’ll have as much fun. For now, I’m not going to worry about my Halloween’s future, just the one coming up in a week or so. Remember, Halloween is a scary night, be safe out there. [Halloween Express]

INFOGRAPHIC: The Darker Sides of Halloween
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U.S. Oil Consumption [infographic]

October 20, 2011 |  by  |  Environmental  |  4 Comments
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Let the controversy begin. Most people believe we (as a world) have reached ‘peak oil’ and that production will be declining in the near future. Everyone should hopefully agree that fossil fuels are limited and that other transportation energy sources will be required at some point. Hopefully this infographic can help put our oil usage in perspective.

The good news is that some of the material on this infographic will be on my Energy Technology and Policy test tomorrow, so I get to study and blog simultaneously! There is plenty of information available beyond this infographic, and I recommend checking it out, it’s quite an interesting subject. No doubt that there is a large amount of debate over coal, natural gas, and other alternatives to fossil fuels. The End of Oil is a good book to read for lots of cool info.

I’m sure many of you readers have great ideas for solutions to our coming oil shortage, and we’d love to hear them. I’d like to suggest population reduction as a potential solution, but I realize there are not many humane ways to do that…but wouldn’t it be nice if there was only 1 billion people rather than 7? You could use twice as much energy as you do now and we would still be ahead of where we are now. [Via Utah Personal Injury Lawfirm]

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Office Bliss [infographic]

October 19, 2011 |  by  |  Business  |  1 Comment
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Call it a “case of the Mondays,” but surveys and studies show Americans’ happiness in the workplace decreasing each year. It is no coincidence that as job security ebbs happiness dissipates with it. But there are other factors to employee happiness at work, and the infographic below takes a stab at why you should care.

The infographic illustrates that happy and engaged employees do a better job at work and are more likely to stay in their jobs. It’s common sense, yet how many people hate their jobs because the corporate culture is thankless and depressing?

Scroll down to see if your current job is one of the top five happiest jobs (who knew that Biotechnology workers and Customer Service Representative were so darn happy?) and why Facebook is allegedly a positive force at work. Apparently, exposure to Facebook and other social media sites enhances both contentment and productivity. Perhaps I need to show this to my boss… [via]

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The Economics of Fantasy Sports [infographic]

October 18, 2011 |  by  |  Entertainment, Internet, Sports  |  No Comments
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Sports are definitely a major part of our popular culture. Sports references are everywhere from catch phrases to constant sports related tweets. I must admit, I am not the most sports savy, but with a brother who played baseball, a brother who plays football and every other sport under the sun, a boyfriend who played soccer and a football team that is usually entertaining I am definitely no novice. One trend I have been seeing in the recent years that I don’t understand as well is fantasy sports.

Fantasy sports is definitely the rage in the sports world. Every weekend my boyfriend and friends are rushing to secure lineups, push trades and eventually rack up the most points. When a player gets injured they aren’t so much worried about their well being but how it will affect their fantasy score. While watching sunday football we have to flip back and forth to almost every game to see how everyone’s players are doing.

This infographic shows how big the craze has gotten. With a 60% increase since 2007 and $800 million dollar spending each year, there is no denying the popularity of trend. If you are a sports fan and haven’t joined a fantasy league, I suggest going to to Yahoo Sports asap! [Via]

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A Costume for Every Era [infographic]

October 17, 2011 |  by  |  Holiday  |  No Comments
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I don’t know about you, but when it comes to picking a Halloween costume I am not the most proactive. Whether it be shopping for a costume or even deciding what I want to be that year. Out of the past three years I think I have only had one costume selected before the night of, and it was only the day before that I had one that year. However not everyone procrastinates their costumes like I do.

At the afterschool program I work, as soon as October started the kids began asking what costume I had chosen to wear for Halloween. Some of the better suggestions I was offered included robot, skeleton, dinosaur, and some others. Department stores start their preparation way before any of us are even ready to accept the Summer is over and soon after Thanksgiving is shoved down our throats. Don’t get me wrong I love holidays, but the way they are commercialized these days just takes the joy out of them.

Today’s infographic A Costume for Every Era: 500 years of cultural inspiration gives us a look at the costumes we have worn over the ages and their inspiration. While one of today’s more popular costumes may be Angry Birds back in the 16th century Queen Elizabeth was one of the more popular costumes. Enjoy today’s infographic and let us know what you are planning for Halloween here! [Halloween Express]

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A costume for every era

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