Can I get Cancer from Oral Sex? [infographic]

October 7, 2011 |  by  |  Health, Mind-Blowing  |  1 Comment
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Today’s infographic is something I don’t think many of us know about. HPV has been in the headlines for the last few years, but it has always been focused on getting girls vaccinated. Now with almost a 30% increase in male oral cancers since 1988, researchers believe upper throat cancer will pass cervical cancer as the country’s main human papillomavirus related cancer in the next 10 years.

This teaches us one thing about American society: we like to put our mouths on things, but cancer is no laughing matter. Like all cancer, early detection is key. With almost a 90% survival rate of throat cancer it would’nt seem too bad, but still thousands are victims every year.

In my state of Texas, girls are required by law to be vaccinated for HPV before they enter middle school. With these new statistics, I wonder if a male vaccine will ever be a mandatory prevention.
[The Mount Sinai Medical Center]

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Competitive Eating [infographic]

October 6, 2011 |  by  |  Food  |  No Comments
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In case you didn’t know, eating cheeseburgers is kinda my thing. Sometimes I like to think of it as a competition as I pile on additional patties.

Competitive eating is much more serious than just ordering a double-double cheeseburger. It is about putting long, hard hours of training in and fighting harder week after week. It is also important to have proper supplies and equipment when dealing with this sport. You may laugh at these people for being “ridiculous” or “freaks of nature”, but the truth is these people put in lots of energy and heart into their profession. So maybe evaluate yourself before trying to evaluate these hard-working souls.

I found the facts presented below to be pretty fascinating, who knew somebody could eat 20,000 calories in one sitting. And I thought I was a hungry person… [Via]

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Why You Are an STD Risk [infographic]

October 5, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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I was listening to a local independent radio station recently, and right after the Black Keys song I’d heard a million times they played a commercial I had never heard. The commercial alleged that Sexually Transmitted Diseases are a growing concern in my city, hit me with some frightening statistics, and then allowed me to get back to the next overplayed indie hit. I can appreciate the need to spread the word that if you have sex or sit on compromised toilet seats, you should be aware of the risks. Today’s infographic aims to do just that, with more detailed information and statistics.

Scanning the infographic gives a good, and somewhat graphic (if you, like me, are squeamish) description of the most common STDs broken down by gender. I found the last section, Additional/Intriguing Facts About STDs, to be the most interesting as it illuminates the cultural response to STDs. Apparently, only 1/3rd of individuals with an STD shared that personal detail with their sexual partner before intercourse. Scary. [via]

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Data Breaches [infographic]

October 4, 2011 |  by  |  Business, Internet, Tech  |  2 Comments
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Although I have very limited knowledge of business, big or small, this infographic about data breaches still feels like a very big deal. Data breeches can, and will, affect even us little people with no knowledge of business because we all have information stored and accessible through various businesses and corporations. *cough* Sony Playstation Network *cough* People always assume that just big companies are subject to data breaches, but that is definitely not the case. The ever expanding area of small business is just as susceptible.

Some ways to keep your data secure are to keep secure passwords and firewalls to protect your information and the information of your customers/clients, be sure that your employees are trustworthy and are keeping an eye out for potential leaks or intrusions, and to consult an expert. The expertise of the hacker is definitely growing and the safest way to be protected is to be protected by a professional. Keep your information protected by an insurance plan that will cover losses. [Via]

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Filling the Gap: How Students Pay for College [infographic]

October 3, 2011 |  by  |  Education  |  1 Comment
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Over the weekend I heard some of the best news I could possibly hear. Arrested Development will be coming back for a final season to be capped off by a movie. Although this is completely irrelevant to today’s infographic I felt this was news that needed to be shared. Supposedly there is going to be a nine or ten part series allowing us to see what the characters have been up to for the past five years. Fox, who was stupid enough to take Arrested Development off the air and replace it with Family Guy reportedly will not be airing the series. It will air either on showtime or be broadcast on Netflix’s instant streaming, unfortunately it looks as though we will have to wait until some time in 2012 before this becomes a reality.

Now for business, today’s infographic Filling the Gap: How Students Pay for College details the ridiculous costs of college and how we manage to pay for them. As someone who is still in College I understand the woes of college expenses. Although my parents are both teachers and don’t have the biggest income and I have a sister attending college as well, the government believes my parents can pay a majority of our tuition no problem. Offering my sister and I very small unsubsidized loans and even smaller subsidized loans. As a result I have worked my whole college career to pay for all the extras needed in College.

If you’re a student hopefully today’s infographic will provide you with some information on filling the gap in your expenses. Hey after all if you need a little extra money you could just donate some organs, I’m sure they pay top dollar for those.[Private Student Loans]

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