Left Handed Facts and Statistics [infographic]

June 2, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  149 Comments
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15% of people are left handed. I always thought this number was higher — and according to some of my left handed friends and family, also smarter? Well, according to this infographic, they are also more likely to become alcoholics — so I guess that’s a fair trade-off.

If only 15% of people are left handed, think about the market that exists for left handed folks. Left-handed scissors, golf clubs, and potato knives. I’d be interested in finding out how much companies like, Taylor Made, allocate to left handed product development. [via]

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Grenade or Aid? [infographic]

June 1, 2011 |  by  |  Government  |  2 Comments
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With current U.S. military involvement around the world, it is safe to assume that military spending encompasses a large portion of the U.S. budget. But how did it stack up against more positive foreign aid spending in 2010? According to today’s infographic, military spending equaled 20% of the budget while foreign aid accounted for a slim 0.6%.

The numbers aren’t that surprising, but the “average” American misconception of the numbers is fascinating. When asked by a Gallup poll, Americans grossly overestimated the amount spent on foreign aid, even favoring cuts to aid over cuts to the more robust military output. [Via]

infographic showing US military and foreign aid spending

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Gamers: Who are they? [infographic]

May 31, 2011 |  by  |  Gaming  |  2 Comments
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One of the most popular, if not the most publicized infographic ever is going to be retired soon: The Food Pyramid. It is being exchanged with a new “Food Plate” that consists of grain, protein, fruits, vegetables and dairy. Watch out Halloween, there’s no more room for sugar and fat. The Food Pyramid never seemed to help that much, we have a huge obesity problem in the states, even-though if one did follow the pyramid rigorously they would be a pretty healthy person. This new Food Plate won’t change a thing. All it is saying is that people shouldn’t eat sugar… surprise, surprise!

A stereotypical outlook on gamers is that they follow The Dorito and Red Bull food pyramid, but did you know 70% of America’s households play video game, with the average age of a gamer at 34? I have always thought of my generation being the mass majority of gamers, and I have always been right – I just didn’t notice that we’ve grown up. Half of parents say they play a video game with their child at least once a week. That is astounding. When my dad used to play Road Blasters with me it was only ever once or twice a month. I supposed instead of going out fishing, parents are finding more modern ways to spend time with their kids. [Via]

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Memorial Day [infographic]

May 30, 2011 |  by  |  Holiday  |  1 Comment
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Happy Memorial Day! As many of you know today the United States of America celebrates Memorial Day. However, what is this holiday truly for? Is it just another excuse for companies to put things on sale? While it may seem like that today, it was originally celebrated to remember the fallen soldiers.

Originally popular among formerly enslaved African-Americans as a way to remember the fallen soldiers of the Union, 1868 marked the first Memorial day. Not until after World War I and the decision to have the holiday as a memorial to all fallen American soldiers did everyone begin to celebrate Memorial day. Not only do we use Memorial day as a way to remember our fallen, but it strangely is also the weekend with the highest death toll in America.

Whether you are patriotic or not our soldiers deserve our respect and thanks today. After all it is because of them that we are able to enjoy the freedoms we have come to take for granted today. Enjoy today and be safe! [via]

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History of Memorial Day

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Over-Valued Social Media Companies [infographic]

May 27, 2011 |  by  |  Social Media  |  3 Comments
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Social media companies have always been valued much higher and much quicker than most other industries. I believe this is because of the sheer number of users on these sites. Although there isn’t anything to sell these users, just their presence builds value.

This infographic talks about a company called Color. Color raised over 40 million in funding without any revenue or users. This is something new in the social media realm. Before a website ever received real funding it would always need to build a user base. Now a good social media idea is all you need for 40 million bucks.

I believe the strategy of these investment firms is to build up these companies value, and contribute to over-valuing them, until a big gun like Microsoft or Google buys it up for billions. Hey, it is a good strategy. Building users is easy when there is millions of dollars to make a free site better.

Linked-in just went public and the market when crazy for it. Think about it if Facebook pulled that. Facebook has made it clear they want to be a forerunner in the tech industry. This is looking like a great way to do that. [Via]

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