For anyone that’s not familiar with what a brony is, you’re in for a treat because they are one of the most fascinating online communities to date. There has always been some sort of controversy surrounding this phenomenon. Some give a respectful nod to the bronies for subverting the gender binary and flaunting their affection for a show, regardless of the demographic it was created for. Others are made deeply uncomfortable by the more eccentric parts of the community, namely those who sexualize the show and by all indications seem to be attracted to these cartoon ponies.
According to the surveys, it seems that bronies are generally very accepting of having females in their community, regardless of the culture centering around the notion that “Yeah, we’re dudes who like a children’s show made for girls, what’s the big deal?” This seems a little contradictory, but with gender identity ever-approaching a gray area in today’s society, you have to hand it to them for not being exclusionary.
Regardless of how much you know about bronies and how you feel about them, this infographic’s title is not misleading. After seeing that the favorite brony past time is listening to “brony music,” I wondered what that even was. Although it can and does feature samples from the shows music, it’s simply music made by bronies for bronies. It can technically be any genre, but most of it falls under the EDM umbrella, and more specifically dubstep. It sounds like this, and if it’s something that you find yourself really grooving to, then head on over to bronymusiciandirectory.blogspot.com to hear more and collaborate with other brony musicians worldwide, if you’re so inclined.
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Okay, so maybe you’re thinking “Seriously, why am I looking at this?”. Maybe you might know where the clitoris is, but not everyone is so lucky. The state of sex education in the U.S. leaves a lot to be desired. That paired with the cultural stigma of being sexually naive, to be made to feel ashamed for asking questions, makes being prepared for a healthy sex life not so easy for everyone.
In the more fundamentalist and conservative parts of the country, teenagers are coerced into taking virginity pledges as a response to sex ed being mandated into the school’s curriculum. The truth is that teens who take these pledges are not only just as likely to contract an STI than those who don’t, but are also less likely to use contraceptives if and when they do become sexually active. This is obviously not helping to reduce the number (750,000 a year) of teenage pregnancies, more than 80% of which are unintended.
For every hour that passes, two young people will contract HIV on average. There are plenty more alarming statistics where these come from, but the point is that there are problems. Most of them can be solved at the root with proper and comprehensive sex education.
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Unfortunately, I am part of the diverse group of people that has a difficult time sleeping. I usually head to bed around 2 hours earlier than my projected sleep time because it simply takes me approximately 2 hours to successfully fall asleep. It’s always been an issue for me ever since I was a toddler in daycare. I would stare at the ceiling during nap time, unable to fall asleep, while the rest of my peers re-charged their bodies for the second half of the day.
Naturally, the problem has only exemplified during my adult years. Which according to today’s infographic, can be quite the problem. Sleep deprivation can have severe effects on an adults health, which includes: weight fluctuation, memory loss, heart disease, weak immune system, and high blood pressure. In order to avoid any sort of illness provoked by sleep deprivation, adults need approximately 7.5-9 hours of sleep. I know, those are some pretty ambitious sleep hours. I bet not even half of us are able to sleep that much on a weekend. However, do not be discouraged, today’s infographic details some helpful tips for us to be able to successfully fall asleep, and stay asleep for the rest of the night. Read on for a restful slumber! [via]
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South African city Gansbaai has been known to be one the the worlds locations with the highest clustering of white shark populations. This region alone used to have about 2,000 great white sharks but it has been recently found that that number could actually be far below what it should be. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust finds that the great white population is actually lower than that meaning that they should now be classified as a threatened specie.
They way that they came about these numbers was by cataloging the dorsal fin of each white shark. Interestingly, each shark has a unique dorsal fin. Examples of the uniqueness can be described as wolfgang (pointed top with ridges), notch, and slash fin (which looks like chunks are missing from the fin). Through the collaboration of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust and the Marine Shark Cage Diving company, marine biologists were able to shoot aver 20,000 pictures of great white fins. They then compiled all of the pictures and were able to identify 532 sharks.
With an algorithm they found that there are only a maximum 1,000 inhabiting the waters pif Gansbaai. With numbers like these, the initiatives to help preserve this amazing species are closely monitored and advocated for. [via]
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Here comes the bride, all dressed in a serious amount of debt. Any way you slice it, getting married costs quite a pretty penny or pound, if your infographic comes from the UK. Lucky for all you love-locked little Daily Infographic followers, evolutionmoney.co.uk has provided you with some useful tips for keeping the cost of love down to just beyond souls.
First, consider where in the world you want to have this celebration. The closer to home, the cheaper the cost. Not to mention, having only one venue will cut down tremendously.
Second, consider the guests. This is the biggest day of your life. Who do you want to be there? It should just be the people that matter to you the most. This means family and close friends. And me. I’m always invited to the wedding. I mean, who else is going to foolishly hit on your sister?
Third, consider the eats. Three course meals? What are we, Queen Elizabeth and the upper-crust brigade? Throw it out the window, roll in the buffet cart. Besides, you don’t want to serve something to someone who doesn’t like whatever it is you’re forcing them to have on their plate. It’s wasteful. Let them decide for themselves what they get to miss out on.
There are plenty more ways to save on your big day, and I urge you to check them all out. As for me, I have to go meet with my Singles Anonymous counselor to discuss some personal issues, completely unrelated. [via]
P.S. Congratulations to my life-long friend, Jacob, and your beautiful fiance, Ann, on your engagement! Much love!