Books to Read This Summer [infographic]

June 13, 2012 |  by  |  Entertainment, Recreation  |  4 Comments
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With spring coming to a close, it’s time to refine your summer reading list! If you find yourself outside the phenomena that is “The Hunger Games”, but still enjoy a good read from time to time, this list below is a must read.

As  an avid reader and English major, I was very happy with the novels selected for this list. My first recommendation would have to be “The Great Gatsby”. Not only being my favorite book at this stage of my life, it’s another book to be getting a Hollywood makeover. And it’s always cool to be the guy who scoffs at dissimilarities between the movie and novel throughout the entire film.

Covering topics ranging as far as a family in captivity to basic human survival and struggle, completion of this list guarantees far fewer dull moments this summer. Leave us a comment below of the best page turner money can buy. Make me proud. [Via]

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The high price for obesity [infographic]

June 12, 2012 |  by  |  Food, Health, Lifestyle  |  4 Comments
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Obesity is a large problem in America, encompassing over 1/3 of adults in the USA. These staggering numbers reveal an overall health problem, and contribute to high medical costs. Obesity is, at it’s core, an individual problem. Individuals should actively seek solutions to minimize their weight gain, including a healthy, well balanced diet and adequate exercise. Obesity is detrimental to individual health and self esteem. In addition to grave personal effects, the high medical costs affect both the individual, employer and insurance provider.

Growing bellies lead to growing risks of cancers, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, all leading causes of death. The medical bills associated with these high price-tag diseases, among many other medical complications associated with obesity, total to $147 billion and employers wind up with a 73.1 billion dollar bill. Employers must begin implimenting healthy living tips, offer gym memberships or cater healthy meals.

Do you work in an office that promotes healthy living? As an intern at LIVESTRONG, I am exposed to health at every corner. Our office environment promotes health and exercise, a practice I feel more workplaces should implement. [Via]

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Coca-Cola and the Movies [infographic]

June 11, 2012 |  by  |  Movies  |  1 Comment
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Ah, the blessing/curse of product placement. It’s hard to believe that there once was a time when we weren’t constantly bombarded by advertisements. In fact, by average we see almost 3000 advertisements a day from various media sources (newspaper, internet, tv, etc.). But the hallmark of movie product placement is a magical thing. Being so invested in the characters and the story, sometimes we can entirely miss a blatant shout out to one of your most favorite commercial items from your local supermarket.

I know what your thinking… BRAINWASHING! Well yes and no, but when you break it down that’s pretty much what the goal of advertisement is – planting a brand name in your head so that when you are in need of an item that the commercial or product placement displays, you immediately know where to go because it is familiar. But enough about that, lets talk about COCA-COLA!

This infographic shows that Coca-cola has been present in blockbuster movies for quite a long time. In fact, as the budgets for movies have grown, so have the frequency of it’s presence in Hollywood. Going all the way back to King Kong, Coca-cola has been king of the product placement game, beating out Apple and Toyota in influence over the movie industry.

Gee all this typing is making me thirsty, I think I’ll go drink some Pepsi.

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The Harm of Sitting Constantly [Infographic]

June 10, 2012 |  by  |  Health  |  2 Comments
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I’ve had a few jobs over the years since I turned 16, and most of them required me to be on my feet for the majority of my shift, whether it was ringing people up at a cash register or stocking food, but the job that I have now has me sitting at a computer for the most part. While this might be more comfortable initially, sitting constantly can apparently have some damaging side-effects.

Today’s infographic from greenerideal.com details the potential harms in spending too much of your day sitting down. Other than the obvious (more time sitting = less time for exercise = gaining weight) sitting for prolonged periods can not only increase your risk for diabetes, but for heart disease as well.

On the positive side, if you are required to sit at your job, or say in a class, it is better to sit at a more reclined angle rather than straight up or hunched over. Also, just remember to try and be as active as you can for the environment that you’re in.

For more information on sitting vs. standing please refer to the infographic below. [Via].

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The Most Expensive Houses in the World [infographic]

June 7, 2012 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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This infographic seemed entertaining upon first glance. Although it sucks to look at things we may never have, it’s fun to imagine for awhile. I aspire to own a home sometime in the near future, it’s a great accomplishment to own property and be able to call it yours. But let’s be honest, I just don’t see myself accruing several hundred million dollars to spend on just a house. I know I will be happy with a decent sized home so long as it accommodates my lifestyle.

Many of these houses do not have current owners listed on the infographic, so it’s time to whip out the big bucks and make a bid. Or maybe there are owners, but they wish to keep their overly lavish identity a secret. It’s probably best to keep your identity anonymous when you own one of these houses; I can’t help but feel upset that somebody could have that much more money than me. Are these people really that much better at what they do than me? In the end, the lesson is to be happy with what you have. By the time you read this, I will be in the middle of nowhere (Planet Bonnaroo) with just a tent, but there’s no doubt I’ll be having the time of my life.

Which house is your favorite? Let us know! [Via]

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