What Are The Hardest Languages to Learn? [infographic]

May 18, 2011 |  by  |  Education  |  82 Comments
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Bonjour! Did you catch that? That was the only French word that rolls easily off my tongue after several years of college French classes. Yes, that is pathetic. Yes, I am ashamed. This shame was only compounded when I saw today’s infographic. Apparently, the language I tried to learn is considered “easy.”

Using the Foreign Service Institute, among other sources, this infographic divides some commonly learned languages into three categories- easy, medium, and hard- based on various factors. The estimated time to achieve proficiency in each category is also included at the top of the sections. This time-frame is tempered with a reminder that each learner is different. (Learners like me and the small man in the top left of the graphic seem to have it a little harder…)

It is common sense that many Romance languages are gauged as “easy,” based on their similarity to English, but I was surprised that Russian is only “medium.” Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean comprise the list of “hard” languages to learn for native English speakers. [Via]

Infographic ranking languages by difficulty

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Why America’s Healthcare Sucks [infographic]

May 17, 2011 |  by  |  Politics  |  21 Comments
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You know it is true. According to the CDC, over 40 million Americans did not have health insurance during 2009. Obviously something has to change, but socialized medicine is not the answer. It is just one possible solution. Now that I have put myself in a political grey area, I will continue on with this topic.

Although smoking, drinking and the elderly are lower per capita in America than most European countries, it doesn’t mean we don’t have problems. With massive outpatient costs and over-paid doctors, things can really add up over here.

I’m lucky to have some very affordable healthcare offered by my university. It is hard to get a timely appointment and the doctors are only given 15 minutes with each patient, but at least the appointment is free and the medicine is discounted. Also, being able to talk to a doctor for free can help prevent much more dangerous health issues in the future.

Prevention and price transparency could both be improved in the US. Stopping a health problem early can save thousands down the road. Also, according to this infographic, “knowing where our money is going would make everything cheaper.” Opening people’s eyes to bogus processing fees and excess spending.

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Canon vs. Nikon [infographic]

May 16, 2011 |  by  |  Tech  |  3 Comments
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As many of you know two of the top camera companies are Nikon and Canon, but which is better? Personally, I think Nikon makes a better Digital SLR and Canon makes a better point and shoot. However, according to today’s infographic Canon is the clear winner.

If I had to make an argument for Nikon, I’d say you get more bang for buck with them. They are significantly cheaper than Canon and you get near the exact quality. Although if you prefer a crisper shot, Canon would be the better choice. Which camera do you prefer? [via]

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Canon Vs Nikon

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The End of Computers as We Know It [infographic]

May 13, 2011 |  by  |  Tech  |  2 Comments
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This is one of the coolest infographic designs I have ever seen. Probably because I’m a sucker for typography, cheesy allusions and computers. I hope you are too. This is pretty much a 50 year timeline of the history of computers. It is crisp, clean and the colors snap, although it is a little low on content.

Besides my critique, I actually learned a few things from this graphic. The fact that “scientists already have the basic building blocks of DNA computers” blew my mind. Imagine tini-tiny biological robots that can enter your body to fight off disease. Also imagine tini-tiny biological robots that can enter your body to be the disease. Yuck.

All technology in my opinion has served the greater good, but when should we start to lookout for the bad? What if evil scientists start popping up and creating super robot viruses for humans we could all be screwed. Evil scientists may be a stretch, but any country *cough North Korea cough* with some DNA robotic engineers could possibly create a devastating biological catastrophe.

This is where I get to my point: North Korea is going to release biological robots to take over the world in the near future. In order to combat this, America needs to keep researching this technology to be able to counter the attack. But if somehow these DNA-filled robots ever band together, we’ll have a horrible case of Skynet. [Via]

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Killer Bees Vs. Killer Cheese [infographic]

May 12, 2011 |  by  |  Funny  |  No Comments
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If you liked the Sitting is Killing You infographic (click here to view) then you will like today’s infographic entitled Killer Bees Vs. Killer Cheese. On the evening news we are constantly made aware of freak accidents resulting in people’s death. Anything from alligator attacks to people dying on the toilet. Just how dangerous is the world we are living in?

Often we hear of animals attacking and killing humans. As many of you remember not too long ago, in 2001, we had the summer of the shark attack. Leading to many people fearing the beach. However, is it really the ocean we should be afraid of? No, it’s bees, there are reportedly 60 shark attacks a year, with only a few resulting in death. Death by bees on the other hand are 48.5, quite high when compared to the .05 deaths caused by polar bears each year.

Animals are not the only thing we have to fear as humans we alos have our household items to fear. Such as ladders, resulting in 122 deaths, electrocution in the bath tub, and powered lawn mowers. Although no danger is greater than our health risks, the greatest being heart disease resulting in 616,000 deaths per year.[via]

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Killer Bees Vs. Killer Cheese

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