The Forex Market Explained [infographic]

June 21, 2011 |  by  |  Business  |  No Comments
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Although the stock market gets all the publicity, trading currencies in the Forex market is a little different than trading a regular company’s stock.

The Forex market trades currency and trading goes on for 24 hours during 5.5 days-a-week. These hours of operation mean that the Forex market trades in 1 day what Wall St. trades in a month. Right now the US dollar is not as strong as it used to be. How stable the country is and how well tourism is going are some deciding factors for the value of a country’s currency. Obviously because of a bad recession our dollar value isn’t looking too good.

The Forex market can be a bit simpler than Wall St because of a limited number of popularly traded currencies. That, combined with commission free trading, creates a unique, one-of-a-kind exchange experience. Forex infographic “Forex. Explained.” by CMS Forex

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Tipping Etiquette Around the World [infographic]

June 20, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle, Travel  |  15 Comments
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Growing up I never really understood the tip, it always seemed as though we were just paying twice for someone to do their job. However as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized tipping is a pretty important thing. After all these people are handling your food and other important things you don’t want them messing with/up. As a poor college student tipping sucks, but I do it even if it is just a dollar or two, a tip is a tip right?

Today’s infographic Tipping Etiquette Around the World does a nice job of comparing the way people tip in different countries. Reading through the graphic you will find that North America has some of the highest tip percentages with the U.S.A. and Canada leading the way with 15-20%. Which is quite the heavy fine when compared to China, Japan, and South Korea where there is no tipping, unless you have been given “exceptional or luxurious service.”

Being in the service industry is not all it’s cracked up to be, but the tips sure do help. If you have ever worked in the service industry you have heard the saying “the customer is always right.” Well, this is not true, a large part of the time the customer has no idea what he/she is talking about. Not only are there lots of customers thinking their right when they are not, but there are also that special brand of customer called the dick. The person who just seems better and has to make your life a living hell, but as long as your receiving a fat tip I guess it’s all worth it.[via]

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Tipping Etiquette Around the World

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Greatest NHL Player: Gretzky vs. Lemieux

June 17, 2011 |  by  |  Sports  |  4 Comments
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The recent riots in Vancouver have made headlines lately putting the Canadian city and its residents on trial. The majority of those from Vancouver didn’t take part in the riots. The city blamed the uprising on a mixture of young people and alcohol. With that logic one could wonder why college towns don’t have a riots every weekend.

Hockey is important in Canada, its like football in Texas and its a very serious thing. Losing to America must suck. We don’t appreciate the sport of hockey over here. It is pretty obvious when there are only three players on the championship team the Boston Bruins that were actually born in the states. Almost the entire team is made of up Canadians. Vancouver should be celebrating, not lighting police cars on fire.

Gretzky and Lemieux are some of the biggest names in hockey. With Gretzky pulling in around 200 million dollars during his career compared to Lemieux’s 45 mill makes it seem like Gretzky won in some sense. Although $45 million will get you through a lifetime pretty easily too.

I’ve never been a big fan of hockey, and I’m not sure if America is ready to really get into the sport. I know I’ve picked up on watching soccer, maybe I’ll throw some NHL in there too. [Via]

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The Old School Diet [infographic]

June 16, 2011 |  by  |  Food  |  3 Comments
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Trying to achieve that beastly summer bod? Stop wasting your time on all these “new” diets with “secrets” to getting you ripped. The truth is, if you want to look like a primitive man, you need to eat like one. For the ladies who don’t want to achieve this, keep reading because this infographic has some good all around nutrition information.

Born to Run is a pretty popular book on the shelves right now, and I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about it. I haven’t read it, but I watched the author give a TED talk and I was inspired. He suggests that before weapons, humans could hunt prey by chasing them over long distances. His point seems pretty reasonable to me, and ever since listening to his talk I have been constantly wondering what other things our long-time ancestors did.

Back to the diet subject, this infographic grabbed my attention because the prevalence of processed modern food makes me wonder what our bodies truly need and crave. The infographic makes a good point that we should be eating what we were intended to eat, and certainly not any of that fake factory meat. (click if you dare) So next time you go grocery shopping, just think “could a caveman figure out how to prepare this?” <Via>

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Most Targeted Books [infographic]

June 15, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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As a kid, banned books always held a sort of forbidden fruit appeal for me. The controversy surrounding The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn initially piqued my curiosity and prompted me to read. Sure, I probably would have read it anyway, but I mostly started reading to see for myself why it had been banned.

Today’s infographic displays the most “challenged” books of 2009 with parents’ corresponding concerns. According to the infographic, even in 2009 certain parents didn’t like how To Kill a Mockingbird handled racism. Even Twilight couldn’t dodge the censorship bullet, as parents felt it was both unsuited to its target age group and sexually explicit.

I can understand parents trying to protect their own children (if cutting them off from a world of literature can be called protecting… okay maybe I don’t understand). If they keep their children from To Kill a Mockingbird or The Color Purple, that’s their call. However, “challenging” or banning a book pushes that moral judgment onto a whole group of people who are entitled to make their own choices.

How many of the beleaguered books below have you read? [Via]

Infographic of targeted books

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