Wal-Mart Means America [infographic]

December 3, 2011 |  by  |  Business, Retail  |  5 Comments
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Buy in large and bulk retailers seem to be in style these days. Wal-Mart is no exception. I’ve heard stories of protest over one company joining the local economic circle being protested. One of these companies is Wal-Mart.

For support of mom and pop shops, Wal-Mart’s openings have been disputed in many areas. Some feel they are just what the government ordered, while others have praised their opening. When I lived in Louisiana, the opening of a local Wal-Mart meant things were on the up and up. Business was booming and if a Wal-Mart was suggested, it meant that all your economic numbers were on the increase. But over the years and across state borders, this outlook has changed.

Many see the opening of a Wal-Mart as the end of all business. Local family owned industries were looked at as if they were set to be closed and Wal-Mart was the reason to blame. But upon further analysis of the infographic below, it made me wonder whether or not Wal-Mart should be praised or scowled at.

One of America’s own is the leader a major leader in revenue, sales, and manpower. Wal-Mart, in some ways, embodies that American dream better than any other company known to man. Should we hate it or embrace. Share your thoughts. [Via]

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The Evolution of the Microprocessor [infographic]

December 2, 2011 |  by  |  Education, Internet, Mind-Blowing, Tech  |  2 Comments
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Microprocessors have been used in almost every computing technology that has come out in the last 30 years. They are one of the main reasons why technology has been able to grow so fast, and why it will continue to experience exponential improvement into the far future.

This year, the humble microprocessor celebrates its 40th birthday. Since 1971, it has become the brain of literally millions of devices. Without the microprocessor, they simply would not have existed. This infographic takes a look at just a few of the many landmark devices the microprocessor has powered over the past 40 years. [Test Drive a Microprocessor]

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Casinos Around the World [infographic]

December 1, 2011 |  by  |  Crime, Entertainment  |  No Comments
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December is here! The weather outside is frightful, but the casinos have the air conditioning set to just the right temperature for you! Let’s face it, you have no interest in going outside or doing anything productive right now, so just pack your bags and head on over to the nearest casino. Or maybe you’re too lazy to even leave your house for a casino, so check out this online casino guide ;).

I’ve never had the opportunity to sit at a casino table and gamble, but I’ve been to a few in my lifetime. I usually have a good time, the colors are so bright and vivid! Now that I am of legal age, The Bellagio is officially on my bucket list.

Since I’m not very experienced in this subject, I have nothing more to say. If you have any advice for my first time gambling in Vegas, comment below! On a final note, I will give you my advice. The winter months are cold and boring and daylight savings time sucks. So instead of going into a depressed state of wild gambling, consider learning some holiday tunes on an instrument. Also, if you don’t have someone to snuggle with, you better start looking now. [Via]

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A Cupful of Tea Facts [infographic]

November 30, 2011 |  by  |  Food  |  No Comments
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Tea is one of those catchall beverages: no matter how you feel, tea will make you feel better. Suffering from insomnia? Have some tea! Feeling great? Have some tea! Stomach ache? Have some tea! You get the idea. As the holidays approach, I may start cheating on my morning coffee with a large mug of black tea and cream.

Today’s infographic serves up some international tea trivia. For example, if you visit Tibet, your tea might be served with salt and butter. On a slightly more obvious note, tea makes up close to one half of the daily fluids consumed in the UK. With all the variations and regional tastes, tea is something we all have in common. [Green Tea]

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A peek inside GOOGLE [infographic]

November 29, 2011 |  by  |  Internet, Tech  |  No Comments
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Everyone knows google is a power house. Although I am a loyal safari user, I am so pro gmail its ridiculous, could gchat for days, have more subscriptions on google reader than i can keep track of and last but not least, have google as my homepage. And I know i’m not alone. Which is why the 29.3 billion dollar revenue last year alone is shocking, but not THAT shocking.

What is shocking is that 29.3 billion dollars is more than the GDP of the 28 poorest companies combined. That blows my mind! google is rich enough to take over a continent of poor countries. And even with all of google’s services, products etc., 97% of revenue in 2010 came from advertisements. Some of this comes specifically from AdWords. AdWords target specific, shady customers like the Canadian pharmacies selling prescription pills to Americans.

Another out of this world fact is that that google is visited by a billion visitors monthly, collectively spending 380,265.167 years on google each month! Sadly, I think i contribute to this in a big way with all of the googling and google reading I do each day! [Via]

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