The Hidden Costs of College [infographic]

March 25, 2011 |  by  |  Education  |  4 Comments
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I go to college, it costs money and I’m not happy about it. What costs more money are parking tickets. I got a few in the last couple of days and of course I went to dispute them. I got one ticket for parking in a visitor’s spot and one for parking in my designated parking area, just not designated during the time I was parked there. I asked the parking officer: “So a visitor spot is not for a visitor to park in for 10 minutes while they find out where long-term parking is?” His response? “No.”

I still don’t know who can use a vistor spot, but I did learn that I couldn’t use my green parking permit in the green parking lot my car was parked in, at least not during any time. Immediately after this sad news, I headed straight to move my car and I find another parking ticket. This one dated only 20 minutes earlier. (By the way I have parked in this lot for 3 months without incident) Moral of the story: Don’t park anywhere on Texas State’s campus, even if you think you’ve read the signs and bought the permits.

Normally on a day like today when it is the 63rd anniversary of the first successful tornado prediction, I would post an infographic like this. Because I don’t have much to say about tornados and of my unfortunate day, you get to hear me complain about parking tickets and all the other hidden costs of college. [Via]

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Japan Nuclear Reactor [infographic]

March 24, 2011 |  by  |  Environmental  |  No Comments
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If you liked yesterday’s infographic from Tablet Infographics, then you will really like today’s. With an earthquake having hit Japan a little less than two weeks ago, Japan continues their recovery process. Today’s infographic revolves around the Fukushima Daiichi reactor. As you may already know the earthquakes that hit Japan did much more than make the ground shake. They caused tsunamis, fires, and damage to the many nuclear reactors on the island. The problem with damaged nuclear reactors is radiation. On the Ines scale the Fukushima reactor is considered a five, meaning there is risk for off-site contamination. Which has actually already happened. Radiation has reached as far as California, but because it is dispersed enough it is not dangerous to humans. If you have not already I encourage to donate to the red cross. Thanks again to Tablet Infographics for providing today’s infographic.

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Water Boarding [infographic]

March 23, 2011 |  by  |  Politics  |  1 Comment
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Check us out on Facebook! Today’s infographic is brought to us by our friends at Tablet Infographics. While looking over today’s infographic, I am reminded of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a show in which water boarding is made acceptable. While the show may make a dark subject funny, in truth water boarding is very real and is still practiced. If you don’t already know what it is, water boarding is a form of torture in which the victim experiences “dry drowning” over and over again. The way it works is that the victim is restrained, usually to some sort of plank, then tilted where their head is down and their legs are elevated. This is then followed by putting a rag or some sort of cloth over their mouth and nose. Finally, water is poured over them to create the effect of drowning.

Sounds fun, right? In the past, the United States has killed enemies for using this method on American soldiers. However, there are reports that the United States, during the Bush administration, used water boarding on Al Queda members to get information. To justify its use they said water boarding was not a recognized form of torture and it was fine to use. Weird how things are wrong when they’re done to Americans, yet are perfectly fine when we do it. Anyway, the effects of water boarding include dry drowning, lung damage, broken bones, as well many others including many adverse psychological effects, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. [via]

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Doing Your Taxes? 10 Strange, But Legit Deductions! [infographic]

March 22, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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With tax season in full swing, and people trying to deduct all that they can, we thought it the perfect time to highlight some strange but legitimate tax deductions. Thanks to our friends at Infographic World and Turbo Tax for providing today’s graphic.

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Being Overweight Costs More [infographic]

March 21, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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With the way the economy is today, everyone is looking for a way to cut costs. According to today’s infographic, losing some weight can actually help you save money. If you are in shape, it seems like you are screwed and must find another way to save a couple of bucks. It has been well documented that being obese shortens your life, but did you know it also lessens your net worth? The annual average cost of being obese ranges from $3000 for men to $5000 for women, the difference being women’s wages suffer. So what have we learned? Not only does being obese affect your health, but the amount of money in your wallet as well. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle has become even more important, not only is your health in the balance, but your earnings as well. [via]

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