CandyNOMics [infographic]

October 25, 2011 |  by  |  Food, Holiday  |  No Comments
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Halloween happens to be one of my favorite holidays. This week always excites me, getting ready to dress up in a costume and prance around as a cat, french girl or ballerina. Another huge perk of Halloween is Halloween candy!

It seems the candy industry must love halloween as much or more than I do. Candy sales boom the week surrounding Halloween. The top five annual candy sales days are all in October! And all at the end of October, contributing to the $1.9 billion dollar annual Halloween candy sales.

While I am a huge fan of the top selling candy, the candy corn, I can’t say I am too fond of any of the others on the top Halloween candy list. Chocolate just isn’t my thing, and therefore the hunt for my favorites while trick or treating will be more difficult, but definitely worth it! What Halloween candy do you like most? [Via]

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Facebook wall of shame [infographic]

October 24, 2011 |  by  |  Internet  |  1 Comment
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Facebook, Facebook, Facebook! If they’re not on it they’re talking about it, everyone knows what Facebook is and a lot of us have accounts. For those you who are tired of hearing about how great it is, today’s infographic is for you. Entitled Facebook Wall of Shame this infographic details all the failures the company has experienced. Some of these you may have heard of or even used while others, came and went so quick they’ll probably come as a surprise.

As many Facebook users know privacy has been an issue from the very beginning. According to today’s infographic in a conversation between Mark Zuckerberg and a Harvard friend, Zuckerberg offered him any information about anyone at the school. He claimed to have had 4,000 e-mails, pictures, adresses, and SNS saying “people just submitted it…they trust me.” Whether this is true or not I cannot say, but if it is, I’d say it’s disconcerting. Whether you want it to or not Facebook also remembers everything you do thanks to the timeline feature.

To completely change the topic, as I finish writing this the Rangers have just tied the World Series at two a piece. Derek Holland pitched an amazing game, a shut out in fact, allowing only two hits and two walks. Can’t forget Mike Napoli’s 3-run homer in the 6th inning off of Boggs’ first pitch of the game. A nice win for the Rangers after a horrible 16-7 loss in game 3. Enjoy today’s infographic and have a Happy Halloween! [via]

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The Dark Side of Halloween [infographic]

October 21, 2011 |  by  |  Crime, Health, Holiday  |  3 Comments
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Once again America’s famous holiday that isn’t really a holiday is upon us. We get to dress up like mystical creatures and scare anyone we want. It is a pretty fun holiday, for all ages.

As a kid there is nothing better than getting free candy. All-I-could-eat candy. I’d get to hang out with friends and go door to door for delicious treats. What a wonderful day. Once I grew into a teenager it was less treats and more trespassing. Toilet papering was really big on the 31st, same with egging and all of those shenanigans. This graphic even says some guy shot dead a teen for throwing eggs at his car. What a bad Halloween for the kid. Now during college, candy is replaced with booze and trick-or-treating with parties. We still dress up and have a blast.

I wonder if Halloween gets worse after college? Once I only attend small get-togethers with my co-workers I don’t know if I’ll have as much fun. For now, I’m not going to worry about my Halloween’s future, just the one coming up in a week or so. Remember, Halloween is a scary night, be safe out there. [Halloween Express]

INFOGRAPHIC: The Darker Sides of Halloween
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U.S. Oil Consumption [infographic]

October 20, 2011 |  by  |  Environmental  |  4 Comments
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Let the controversy begin. Most people believe we (as a world) have reached ‘peak oil’ and that production will be declining in the near future. Everyone should hopefully agree that fossil fuels are limited and that other transportation energy sources will be required at some point. Hopefully this infographic can help put our oil usage in perspective.

The good news is that some of the material on this infographic will be on my Energy Technology and Policy test tomorrow, so I get to study and blog simultaneously! There is plenty of information available beyond this infographic, and I recommend checking it out, it’s quite an interesting subject. No doubt that there is a large amount of debate over coal, natural gas, and other alternatives to fossil fuels. The End of Oil is a good book to read for lots of cool info.

I’m sure many of you readers have great ideas for solutions to our coming oil shortage, and we’d love to hear them. I’d like to suggest population reduction as a potential solution, but I realize there are not many humane ways to do that…but wouldn’t it be nice if there was only 1 billion people rather than 7? You could use twice as much energy as you do now and we would still be ahead of where we are now. [Via Utah Personal Injury Lawfirm]

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Office Bliss [infographic]

October 19, 2011 |  by  |  Business  |  1 Comment
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Call it a “case of the Mondays,” but surveys and studies show Americans’ happiness in the workplace decreasing each year. It is no coincidence that as job security ebbs happiness dissipates with it. But there are other factors to employee happiness at work, and the infographic below takes a stab at why you should care.

The infographic illustrates that happy and engaged employees do a better job at work and are more likely to stay in their jobs. It’s common sense, yet how many people hate their jobs because the corporate culture is thankless and depressing?

Scroll down to see if your current job is one of the top five happiest jobs (who knew that Biotechnology workers and Customer Service Representative were so darn happy?) and why Facebook is allegedly a positive force at work. Apparently, exposure to Facebook and other social media sites enhances both contentment and productivity. Perhaps I need to show this to my boss… [via]

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