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]

Anatomy of Fear

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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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Exposé: The Skinny On College Athletics [infographic]

October 29, 2011 |  by  |  Gaming, Sports  |  No Comments
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Good day! My name is Delano Taylor and I’m one of the newest writers to join the already stellar team here at the Daily Infographic. Hailing from Fort Worth, TX, I’m currently studying English at Texas State University-San Marcos. If you’d like to get to know me better, strike a conversation, or just stalk me, follow me on twitter at @delanotaylor. I follow back.

Many would suggest college football is one of the few cash crops remaining in our great country. The coach standing on the sideline overseeing the field work of his subservient while, like 21st century Roman spectators, we watch from bars and couches and stadium seats as modern day gladiators battle for collegiate supremacy. And how do we justify the means of watching sometimes barbaric human on human conquests? “They’re living the life, being treated like royalty, just ballin’” is $#*! my dad would say. But after reading the infographic below, you will see that this ideology may not be as valid as it seems.

In fact, more than 300 student athletes signed a petition to change the current system so that they receive some of the revenue acquired in this billion dollar industry. Being a budding socialite, I do know a few student athletes and they don’t seem to have it too bad. But considering the time, effort, and toll sports take on your body, would it be unreasonable to give these students a few more greenbacks for representing their school on a week to week basis? How would you feel to have a video game character made in your exact image, donning the same number as yourself, but not receiving a dime from it? The EA NCAA Football series consistently makes bank by giving gamers the ability to play as their favorite student athlete minus the athlete’s name. To the athletes, the latter of that sentence sounds more like no name, no paycheck. Sly move, EA. To some, being in a video game would be fine, even with no pay. I’m not advocating schools dish out money to student athletes, but I’m not completely against it. Whether you’re on or off it, there’s a battle brewing over the field. What side are you on? [Online Masters Degree]

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Dump Your Partner, Save Some Green [infographic]

October 28, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle, Travel  |  3 Comments
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Significant others can be expensive. According to today’s infographic, each partner will spend almost $9000 on each other over a year. Stay single for a few years and you could buy a brad new car. If the couple vowed to never go out to eat, never call each other, live together and spend absolutely nothing on entertainment, they could rake in $18000 with the downside of a somewhat boring year.

Imagine the badass vacation you could take for 18000 bucks. What about flying to Vegas and putting it all on red. How horrible it’d feel to go a year without buying anything and loose all of your savings, but the payoff could be huge. You couples out there should seriously consider this option. [drop down deals]

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The Startup Gamble [infographic]

October 27, 2011 |  by  |  Business  |  1 Comment
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Startup companies can be lots of fun, or a lot of pain. Making it big as one of the first employees of a rapidly growing company obviously has its benefits, but there’s never any guarantees when working in a small, newer company. This infographic highlights some of the reasons these companies go down the gutter. I advise anyone thinking about applying to a startup to read this so you can prepare some useful questions in an interview.

I think startups are a great idea for lots of reasons. You get to do what you are truly interested in. You have control over the company’s destiny and how much time and effort is put into its growth. Oftentimes the founders interact with every employee on a regular basis, and this creates a strong sense of family in the workplace. With the expansion of technology and advancement of lifestyle, people have more and more specific needs and markets expand into areas never developed before. Startups are a great way to attack these new areas of lifestyle.

Some of us prefer job security with a long lasting company we trust, so to each his own. [Via]

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