America’s Green Thumb [infographic]

June 7, 2011 |  by  |  Environmental, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Today I was making a sandwich for lunch, I scoured my fridge for tomatoes but none were around. I did some quick thinking, walked out back and plucked a tomato. No trip to the store, no unwanted chemicals, no cash exchanged hands, but I still got a slick of tomato on my sandwich. That story isn’t true, but it could be for very little cost and everyone knows nothing beats a fresh tomato.

Over 30% of American households have their own food garden where a variety of fruits and vegetables are grown. With the increase in popularity of farmers markets and a tanking economy more and more people are starting to get in the gardening spirit. In 2009, a fifth of household gardens were watered by people who just got into gardening. A lot of that growth can be accounted for by the baby boomers reaching retirement age and a new interest in healthy, organic and locally grown food.

At the moment I do not have a place to garden, but when I move back to school in the next month or so I hope my landlord will let me. Having peppers, tomatos and lettuce fresh from the ground to my burger will be awesome. I hope this gardening trend continues and don’t be afraid to be a part of it yourself. [Via]

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Seinfeld [infographic]

June 6, 2011 |  by  |  Movies  |  No Comments
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One of the most popular shows of all time, Seinfeld, a show about nothing, is the topic of today’s infographic. If you grew up in the 90s you probably watched Seinfeld, and though I was not old enough to appreciate it then, watching it now I understand why it is so popular. Currently in syndication, Seinfeld had its last episode on May 14, 1998 after 9 seasons.

For its last episode Seinfeld drew in 76 million viewers, 58% of all television viewers for that night. The last episode, in fact, ended the same way the first one began, with a conversation over a shirt button. To quote the show: “The second button is the key button. It makes or breaks the shirt…” In its sixth and ninth seasons Seinfeld led the Nielsen ratings. For those who don’t know the Nielsen ratings are meant to determine the size and demographic watching a television program.

In response to its popularity advertising prices sky rocketed during the show’s block, making it the first show to sell million dollar advertising blocks. Whether you the like the show or not, have or haven’t watched it, you have undoubtedly heard of Seinfeld. A show that set a new standard for television programming. [via]

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What you didn't know about Seinfeld

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Global Impact of STDs [infographic]

June 3, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle, Mind-Blowing  |  No Comments
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Fifty percent of Americans annually infected by a sexually transmitted disease are not aware they had been infected. With millions of Americans going untreated it is no wonder why STDs continue to spread and grow within our country, but some foreign nations suffer much worse. South Africa has over 5 million people infected with HIV, also known as the largest epidemic in the world. Also, almost half of new male HIV cases in Puerto Rico are the result of unclean needles by drug users.

These diseases travel so quickly and adapt so well that they are becoming immune to some conventional medical treatments. This is an obvious indicator that our society needs to focus more on new medication and solutions to these illnesses. A stride toward that is showcased recently where a possible cure for HIV has been found giving hope to millions of HIV victims around the world.

As long as doctors and researches never believe these diseases are incurable, anything can happen. Visit STDtesting.com for more stats & info about STDs and STD Testing.

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Left Handed Facts and Statistics [infographic]

June 2, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  151 Comments
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15% of people are left handed. I always thought this number was higher — and according to some of my left handed friends and family, also smarter? Well, according to this infographic, they are also more likely to become alcoholics — so I guess that’s a fair trade-off.

If only 15% of people are left handed, think about the market that exists for left handed folks. Left-handed scissors, golf clubs, and potato knives. I’d be interested in finding out how much companies like, Taylor Made, allocate to left handed product development. [via]

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Grenade or Aid? [infographic]

June 1, 2011 |  by  |  Government  |  2 Comments
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With current U.S. military involvement around the world, it is safe to assume that military spending encompasses a large portion of the U.S. budget. But how did it stack up against more positive foreign aid spending in 2010? According to today’s infographic, military spending equaled 20% of the budget while foreign aid accounted for a slim 0.6%.

The numbers aren’t that surprising, but the “average” American misconception of the numbers is fascinating. When asked by a Gallup poll, Americans grossly overestimated the amount spent on foreign aid, even favoring cuts to aid over cuts to the more robust military output. [Via]

infographic showing US military and foreign aid spending

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