A History of Western Typefaces [infographic]

March 29, 2012 |  by  |  Education  |  4 Comments
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We all love to poke fun at people for using Comic Sans in inappropriate places. But there is even more complexity to the usage and properness of various fonts. Did you know some guy in the 18th century claimed that a certain font would blind readers? I guess some people don’t mess around with typeface. In today’s world, font is very important in establishing an identity or brand, as is seen by the distinct fonts in Facebook and Google. Saving the environment even influences people’s font choice. The University of Wisconsin changed their standard font to save ink on prints.

Totally random story that I just thought of- A couple of weeks ago I finished a large group report of 30+ pages with words, figures, equations, etc. After submitting it, I decided to change the font to Webdings; it was the best laugh I’ve had in a very long time. Maybe it was the release of stress from finishing the report.

Anyhow, hope all the history buffs out there enjoy this infographic, there are some interesting little bits of info. There are definitely some potential Jeopardy questions in there. [Via]

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Kings Of Fast Food [infographic]

March 28, 2012 |  by  |  Food  |  No Comments
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Fast food is prevalent in many Americans everyday life. As fortunate or unfortunate that may be, it’s just the way it is. The infographic below weighs in on three heavyweights of the fast food industry, comparing their draw to the children demographic, as well as how much they spend yearly to get this market.

The infographic is based on a study conducted in Canada, but I think it’s safe to say these numbers are close to, if not spot on with the numbers in America. The golden arches will continue to be a staple in American culture, simply because of how much they spend on advertising. McDonalds put in nearly 1 billion dollars, making those commercials we loved so much as children. Parents who happen to be more attracted to health than what their kids want tend to make the trip to Subway, while Burger King falls into an area grayer than its meat patties.

Look over the infographic and get a better understanding of the tactics these fast food heavyweights use to lure us in. [Via]

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The Pampered Pet [infographic]

March 27, 2012 |  by  |  Animals, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Most pets I know are pretty pampered. They get special food, go to nice groomers, have cute collars and trendy toys. Some I know even get bite sized burgers and various other dinner items along with the family meal. While the love for pets is a bit silly, it is also charming and usually deserved. Pet owners have a love for their pet similar to a child, so expenses seem normal rather than extraneous. But just how much do these owners spend?

According to the infographic, americans spent $50.8 billion in 2011, purely for pet pampering. Dogs make up the majority of pets in homes, and most of the money is spent on food. Pups need their food. But owners spend the second most on vet expenses, siting that they are willing to spend up to $3,000 to save their pets life. But dogs are a man’s best friend, and who wouldn’t spend the big bucks for their best friend? [Via]

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Is Online Dating Worth It? [infographic]

March 26, 2012 |  by  |  Business, Lifestyle  |  6 Comments
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Today’s infographic is an interesting one The Truth About Online Dating and the Business of Love as implied by the title looks at online dating and its truth worth. It turns out people like to lie and online dating profiles are no exception. On average women claim to be 8.5 pounds lighter and have profile pictures about 1.5 years old. Men on average claim to be 2 pounds lighter and use profile pictures taken about 6 months ago. People’s need to find a significant other has turned out to quite profitable for online dating sites.

Even though people lie on their profile pages the amount of people using or visiting online dating sites has doubled in the past five years. Today’s infographic claims couples who meet via an online dating site are much quicker to get to the alter, dating an average of 18.5 months before getting married. Where as couples who met in the “real world” take about 42 months to get married. Makes me wonder what the personality differences are between people meeting online and in the real world.

Enjoy today’s infographic and don’t forget to share! [via]

Online Dating

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Your Brain on Prescription Drugs [infographic]

March 25, 2012 |  by  |  Health  |  5 Comments
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Prescription drugs are, in my opinion, one of contemporary America’s most pervasive evils. I hear people say things like “You know, there’s a pill for everything!” and my brain hurts. This is all-to-common of a statement.

This quick-fix attitude is EXTREMELY detrimental, and has been fostered passionately by the pharmaceutical industry as well as the advertisers that work with them.

These are legal substances that poison you. They come in many varieties. We’ve all seen the tweaked-out kid on adderall trying in vain to save their grade on test day, blindly led by the notion that such a pill had the power to make them successful at school.

Adderall is only the tip of the iceberg. As this infographic illustrates, the number of prescription drug overdose deaths has increased drastically in the past few years.

Please, if you are considering getting a prescription or taking any prescription drugs, familiarize yourself with this insidious killer. (via)

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