Gift Wrap Unwrapped [infographic]

December 24, 2013 |  by  |  Environmental, Holiday  |  No Comments
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My little sister just came down the stairs to find my father at the dining room table wrapping the same gift he had been trying to wrap all morning.

“You doin’ okay there, dad?”
“Yeah, why do you ask?”
“Because you’ve been wrapping the same present for over 30 minutes now.”

I had offered my wrapping services earlier this morning, but he said it was important that he wrapped mom’s gift because she doesn’t believe that he is capable of wrapping a single present (some built up resentment for the lack of presents he has wrapped over the last 30 years I suppose). At this point, he has wasted an entire roll of wrapping paper, and he’s still in there; I do not believe that he actually is capable of wrapping a gift.

With my father in mind, I chose an infographic that not only walks you through the steps of wrapping a gift, but also tells you how to wrap it with as little excess paper as possible. By using recycled wrapping paper, previously used boxes, and by keeping your measurements as precise as possible, you can make a difference in the number of trees Americans chop down a year to make the bottom of their Christmas trees look pretty. I am going to do my part, but I can not promise that my family will do the same.

Final father quote of the day: “Do you know how to tie big ribbons out of ribbon, honey?” [via]  

 

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Picture Cook [infographic]

December 23, 2013 |  by  |  Food, Health, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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It has occurred to me — and my bank account — that I eat out at restaurants too much. I don’t know if it’s this time of year, or the fact that the heater in my apartment is broken and makes me not want to do much of anything, except bundle up or escape to warmer hang-outs, but lately I’ve hardly been cooking anything at home. However, today’s infographic inspired me to get back in the kitchen.

The idea behind this graphic is a more simplistic approach to traditional recipes. Take lasagna for example, it’s simple enough to make but if you’ve never made it before, the layering process takes awhile to explain, particularly when you’re reading it from a recipe. Katie Shelly, author and illustrator of the book Picture Cook: See. Make. Eat., noted this fact and made reading a recipe a whole lot easier. In her book, you can simply look at a picture of a deconstructed recipe, instead of pouring over paragraphs of prep explanations on how to make a dish. After all, a picture’s worth a thousand words, right?

The visually inclined can now rejoice! Check out Katie Shelly’s book and the infographic below for a different approach to cooking. [Via]

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Loneliness Is More Deadly Than Obesity [infographic]

December 22, 2013 |  by  |  Health, Internet, Lifestyle, Social Media  |  1 Comment
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Loneliness is a feeling that everyone can relate to. There is a rise in the overall feeling of isolation among adults that is not completely explainable. We are all provided outlets for face-to-face interaction and with social avenues via our cellphones or websites. So why with all the extra do we feel less like we can open up or even listen and keep things confidential like friends should.

In my  opinion, and as the author of the infographic agree, people gravitate more towards quantity instead of quality. It’s so much easier to get away from someone’s ‘bull’ and go have fun than to be a good friend. It seems to me that there is more of an interest in living in the now than there ever will be people thinking about what kind of life they want when they are fifty.

Sure, I’ve been a jerk but when it comes down to it I hold my friends down and would do anything for them. But our vibes don’t always mesh well with others. Regardless,  I keep my friends secrets and it shouldn’t be hard to  have a little but of reciprocity.

If not having real friends is killing people off faster than a disease like obesity, which is also easily preventable,  then wake up and smell the roses. Step away from your iPhone and try and be good to your fellow human being. Make lasting friendships. The more people you have on your team, the better you’ll be. [via]

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Home For The Holidays [infographic]

December 21, 2013 |  by  |  Holiday  |  No Comments
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If you’re a broke college student like myself, then you understand that getting home for the holidays can be quite the hassle. If I was to drive home, it would take me somewhere around 9 hours to get there. Talk about a pain in the rear. I had always taken road trips with my family when I was younger (driving two adults and five children was always easier than flying everyone), and so it was always somewhat entertaining, but road tripping by yourself isn’t as exciting. Also, having a 1994 GMC Suburban, this broke college student would find himself absolutely impoverished after the 500 miles it would take to get home.

So this year, I am traveling by plane, which will cost Americans also using this form of transportation on average $450. Unfortunately, I won’t be traveling in an interesting manner like 2.4% of Americans who will travel by train, bus, or boat this holiday season. The good news is that I have a warm bed to sleep in at my parents house, free of charge. Which allows me to avoid the $204 average per night stay I’d have to pay if I was to stay in a hotel. Hopefully I won’t burden myself this Christmas via procreation like 9% of holiday travelers will; our walls are way too thin for that. Happy Holidays! [via]

 

 

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Doggie Connections [Infographic]

December 20, 2013 |  by  |  Animals  |  No Comments
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As Doges have rampaged the internet this year, I thought it appropriate to have an infographic for all the doggies out there. Known commonly as “man’s best friend,” dogs have been perfect companions for humans over many centuries. They’re just so cute and lovable and OH MY GOD PUPPIES. HAVE YOU SEEN PUPPIES?! Whew, sorry, I get a little emotional about how awesome puppies are.

Anyways, lets not forget how much dogs love us! We give them food and play and walks and love so the relationship is mutual. I wonder if dogs bark about how man is “dog’s best friend”…

Now then, about this infographic: It seems that there has been some recent genetic evidence of dogs belonging to four distinct and different categories. These groups include wolf-like (with the closest genetically to wolves), herders (those who herd or either descend from herding dogs), hunters (breeds that were trained by humans in recent centuries), and mastiff-like (breeds that are often used as police and service dogs). Personally, I think this is a fun way to find out more about your dog and the lineage of the beasts we call friend.

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