The Higher Education Bubble [infographic]

November 3, 2011 |  by  |  Education, Government, Lifestyle, Politics  |  4 Comments
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Student loans are one of the biggest problems facing our country at the moment. Thousands of students attend university and even if they drop out, students still end up with mountains of debt. This debt can follow them throughout their life.

Today’s infographic says 85% of today’s college graduates will move back in with their parents after school. I know my parents would love seeing my face more around the house, although they would probably prefer I get a job after college. If only higher education didn’t cost as much.

Prices have been rising for colleges all over the country while performance has declined. One in three students will not learn any critical reasoning or thinking skills during their first two years of university. This statistic has me baffled. I learned quite a lot my first two years at college. I suppose some students don’t put forth the effort to learn. [Higher Education Bubble]

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17 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Morning Coffee [infographic]

November 2, 2011 |  by  |  Food  |  1 Comment
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I take my daily coffee rituals very seriously. And, compared to a few of my co-workers, I am only a moderate addict. We have convinced ourselves that we need (yes, need) coffee to wake us up in the morning, to make the tedious tasks a little more bearable, and to deliver us safely past the after-lunch lull. “Caffeinated” not only describes beverages, but it also fairly describes us after a rough day at work. I’m not judging you, coffee addict, I am bonding with you.

If any of these scenarios could be taken out of your super-secret diary, take a look at the infographic below for some fun facts about everyone’s favorite legal addiction. (And if you scoff in my general direction, preferring tea or diet coke, check out the infographic anyway for some fun dinner party trivia.) Did you know, for example, that coffee is one of the highest traded commodities, second only to oil? Or that coffee addiction was viewed as a vice in the 1700s? [via]

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Locked Out [infographic]

November 1, 2011 |  by  |  Sports  |  1 Comment
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The basketball world is seeing a bit of turbulence. I knew a lockout was going on, but had no idea what that really meant or how it affected fans and players. This infographic is great for the basketball geniuses and basketball novices (like myself). So much politics are involved in the whole negotiation process, it can get very confusing, but I think this infographic does a great job of guiding you through the process and what already happened.

For all of you who know the players, teams and coaches, this infographic gives a good insight to how players are dealing with all of this drama as well. All we want is for the lockout to be unlocked and for the games to begin again! [Designed by Direct TV affiliate US Direct]

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The anatomy of fear [infographic]

October 31, 2011 |  by  |  Holiday  |  No Comments
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Boo! Did I scare you? Probably not, but it’s the thought that counts. Today is Halloween or All Hallows Eve for those of you who prefer ye olde English. As you all know it is a day when kids and adults alike get dressed up and indulge in “treats,” for kids it’s candy for us, well it’s something that makes you feel worse than candy the following morning. Unfortunately Halloween day is on Monday, and though it will not deter everyone from partying tonight, many celebrated this weekend. Personally I went to a couple of friend’s parties and checked out 6th street in downtown Austin. This being my first Halloween to be of drinking age, I had to check out what all the hubub is about. Though it was a cool site to see, the crowd is just too big to have any real fun, besides waiting forever in line to get into the bars.

Many of us without children will probably be treating today like any other day, except maybe more likely to watch a horror movie or something of the sort. A holiday largely associated with fear, today’s infographic The Anatomy of Fear outlines what fear is and some of the things that cause it. The definition of fear according to today’s infographic: a basic survival mechanism in response to pain or threat of danger.

One of the more interesting phobias listed, nomophobia, is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. The joys of our technology reliant society, in opinion this is kind of a ridiculous phobia. Anyway why is it we like being scared? For one the same place of the brain that experiences fear also is associated with pleasure. It is also a method of testing and overcoming our limits as well as realizing we are not always in danger and can enjoy the adrenalin rush.[via]

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The Craziest Country in the World [infographic]

October 30, 2011 |  by  |  Government, Politics, Travel  |  3 Comments
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Hey guys, I’m a new writer here! I’m pretty stoked about it. The name’s Julie, and I ain’t no foolie, but I am a Sophomore in college, and just spent an epic summer reconnecting with my roots in Ireland. I’ve got the heart of a nomad, and my  interest in other cultures led me to finding this particularly enlightening infographic. Enjoy!

In a country where I would be publicly executed for writing this, a Kim Jong (mentally?) il is the only one having a good time. Since his illustrious birth under a double rainbow, his name has claimed quite a bit of infamy. My personal favorite of his accomplishments was at one point being the world’s largest buyer of Hennessy. Clearly, the Dear Leader knows how to party.

While this bite-size tyrant lives in unbridled luxury, the citizens of North Korea toil under the constant strain of poverty. Surrounded by a constant barrage of propaganda, all except the ruling elite live in fear of prosecution. Although it’s  a self-proclaimed “Democratic Republic”, North Korea aligns it’s governance more alongside Stalinist Dictatorship. Regular ol’ North Koreans can be executed for a variety of different petty crimes, including failure to adore the Dear Leader or “hoarding food”.

Food is a scarce commodity in North Korea. In fact, a recent famine killed an estimated 3.5 million people.  But if you were thinking of visiting this charming little country, don’t worry- there’ll be plenty for you to eat- thanks to carefully staged, local-official-supervised visits to restaurants. Food shortage? What food shortage? [ Online Schools]

 

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