Top Grossing Foreign Films of All Time [infographic]

January 3, 2014 |  by  |  Entertainment, Movies  |  No Comments
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In the mood for a movie? But not necessarily with an English speaker’s perspective? Check out today’s infographic on the top grossing foreign films of all time.

The design of this infographic is particularly pleasing, I mean who doesn’t love popcorn? And my favorite film on this list, by far, would have to be Amelie, the tale of an odd-ball french girl who falls in love, and makes a game out of getting to know her love interest. And if you’re looking for something just as imaginative, but a little creepier, check out Pan’s Labyrinth. This story incorporates the real world with a mythical one and is based on a highly vegetated labyrinth, a faun creature, and a little girl; Life is Beautiful is another great movie, a heart-wrenching but also heart-warming film about a boy, his father, and a Nazi concentration camp.

Foreign films can make you feel like you’re traveling in another country, seeing different lands, and hearing different languages without being a tourist. Subtitles may be a little annoying at first, but most people are able to get over them after the first ten minutes of the movie.

So, break out the popcorn, and make sure to view one of the films listed in the graphic below. [Via]

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High Cholesterol [infographic]

January 2, 2014 |  by  |  Health  |  No Comments
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After constant nagging from my mother, I reluctantly made a trip to the doctor over this holiday weekend. My frequent bruising and fatigue had her worried that I was suffering from something that a simple over the counter medication could not resolve. Thankfully, nothing was wrong, I just bruise easily.

HOWEVER, I did find that out that I, a 22 year old vegetarian runner, have high cholesterol. Not kind of high, like really high, at least 45 points over the allotted maximum amount. While my current over-consumption of sinfully delicious foods over the Christmas holidays is probably the culprit for the spike in my cholesterol; it’s a scary to realize that high cholesterol is something I might end up struggling with, regardless of my healthy lifestyle.

According to today’s infographic, nearly 1 out of 6 adults has high cholesterol. That is a surprisingly large amount, and I bet many people don’t even know it — I know I didn’t. If possible, go for a check-up with your physician. Detecting high cholesterol early may delay a heart attack later on in life. [via]

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Good Luck Food [infographic]

January 1, 2014 |  by  |  Food, Health  |  No Comments
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Happy New Year’s, everyone!

Hopefully you’re in good spirits and not nursing too bad of a hangover. But even if you are, today’s infographic may make you feel better. In my family we always eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck, and apparently cultures all over the world have their own lucky foods.

“Long-Life” Noodles are typically eaten in a stir-fry — the noodles aren’t broken or shortened, which signifies longevity; pigs are a symbol of progress in some cultures, apparently because they “never move backward” so pork is a popular New Year’s treat; round fruits are eaten in the Philippines – it’s customary to eat thirteen – Europe, and the U.S. eat twelve (as a representation of the months in a year); pomegranates are good luck in Turkey because of their red color and their resemblance to the human heart – which denotes life and fertility; and leafy greens are eaten in the coastal American South as well as Europe – which includes kale, collards, and cabbage – because of their color and consistency, which is reminiscent of paper cash. And just like cash, the more you have (or in this case eat) the more prosperous you’ll be (and probably healthier!)

Check out these popular New Years foods and try out a new recipe. It might just bring you good luck! [Via]

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The 5 Best Hot Drinks to Warm Your Toes [infographic]

December 31, 2013 |  by  |  Food, Holiday  |  No Comments
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Trying to stay warm this holiday season? Bundle up and sip these five delicious specialty drinks. They’re guaranteed to warm your toes and give you a little buzz.

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Motorcycle Hand Signs [Infographic]

December 30, 2013 |  by  |  Travel  |  No Comments
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Who knew there were so many things you can say with your hands on a motorcycle?! I mean, the only hand sign I know for driving probably wouldn’t be appropriate for this website… Motorcycle riders on the other hand have developed quite a vocabulary… with their hands.

When riding in groups of other motorcyclists or if your turning signals happen to go out, hand communications can serve to be a very useful tool to your fellow riders. As you can see, there are quite a variety of hand signs that can represent many different aspects of driving. Obviously there are the directional associations — left, right, stop, etc. but there are also some others that are less intuitive… Like slapping the top of your helmet. I would never have know previous to this graphic that that means ‘cops ahead’. Oh yeah and ‘Comfort stop’? That one seems strangely suggestive of something… so I won’t delve into the etymology of what that could mean…

All in all though, this infographic of hand-signs can be an awesome refresher for motorcycle enthusiasts who travel with other riders or as an aid for those pursuing a motorcycle license exam. Now I just need a motorcycle…[via]

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