Unlike many of my generation, I reluctantly signed up for a Facebook account in my first year of college. Everyone was doing it, and though I have never been one to “jump off a bridge just because all my friends are doing it” thankyouverymuch, I eventually caved in. That is the extent of my social networking. I have never tweeted, though I think the Twitter logo is adorable, and I have only a vague notion of how one partakes in Farmville. I only out myself as the social media Grinch that I am to show how out of character this post is. I present here, for your consideration and enjoyment, an infographic depicting the vast world of online social networking communities.
The artist did some research in 2010 to determine the daily social activity of various social networking sites, and created this flawless map that I now want to print and stare at. Not surprisingly, the ubiquitous Facebook sprawls across the top of the map, dwarfing its neighbors, and leading to the “Northern Wasteland of Unread Updates.” A place I have been, many times. [via]
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It is the most wonderful time of the year! From trimmed trees to twinkle lights to knit stockings hanging over the fireplace, you really can’t escape the christmas cheer. Although we have many christmas time traditions, the christmas tree is definitely the first and foremost.
This timeline takes us through the history of the christmas tree from the first decorated tree in 1600, to the first christmas tree in the white house, to the griswolds A Christmas Vacation. It is easy to see the influence of the different fads and trends through out the century, like the bubble lights from the 1940′s. My best friend’s tree has bubble lights each year! Its their christmas tree staple.
The other main aspect of the timeline is the debate between the real and artificial tree. My family are a bunch of real tree advocates, claiming that they will never own an artificial tree ever. I do agree and love the real tree, but artificial trees are so easy and require no clean up! The list of pros and cons goes on and on, and the debate will probably never go away!
So tell me, what are your favorite christmas tree traditions? Do you love sparkly tinsel? Maybe pop corn strings? Or do you don your tree with candy canes? And when it comes to the tree itself, are you all natural or prefer an artificial? [Via]
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You might not know it, but that body of yours is quite an efficient machine.
Granted, you aren’t exactly at your peak functioning point as you stare into this screen… But from the comparisons drawn between the human body and that advent of engineering –the modern automobile—humans have measured up pretty astoundingly.
Gasoline has a caloric value, like food. The two fuel sources are easily comparable. According to this scale, 27 pints of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream is the equivalent of one gallon of gasoline. (a jaw-dropping 31,368 calories)
So basically, you should go wolf down 27 pints of Ben & Jerry’s and maybe, before you crap your pants, you’ll feel what it’s like to be a car! VROooOOM sugar rush!!
I kid, I kid.
But take a look at this comparison and you’ll see that our digestive systems, products of millions of years of evolution, are quite extraordinary mechanisms. (Show your pride!)
And if that doesn’t do it for you, the superiority of the species over machine is clearly illustrated in the “average person’s” killer shades. [via]
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Over the past week, I’ve began to question whether or not we are alone in this galaxy. The discovery of 22b, an earth like planet located in a “habitable” zone right outside our solar system, first piqued my interest into this subject. After an episode of Into The Universe with Stephen Hawking, my friends weirdness was easily explained. I’m surrounded by aliens.
It is a scary idea, knowing that something so comprehensibly advanced could be walking amongst us. But maybe only to me, as I’m easily spooked.
According to the info graphic below, only 1 in 5 believe we share our galaxy with little green men. 22% of men and 17 % even believe they walk in disguise amongst us.
With the recent discoveries within our galaxy, it could be easier to get sucked into the conspiracy theories based on spacemen. But it seems most don’t budge and hold on to the notion that we’re not alone.
Do you believe we share this universe? Share your thoughts why in a comment! [Via]