The Benefits of Having Straight Teeth [infographic]

December 15, 2013 |  by  |  Food, Health, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Having a great smile is something people usually tend to hold in good regard. You may even trust others with nice teeth more so than those you may know with crooked teeth. We all are drawn to people with confidence. We can learn from our own lives that people with straighter teeth are more confident. Albeit unfair, the matter is just a fact of nature. People gravitate to appealing aesthetics and we are not all born with the same features.

Before the age of cosmetics, the masses were able to get along just fine without orthodontists and dentists. However, disease and illness are seen to have been far more prominent in the past. Since the integration of a daily teeth cleaning regimen, mouth and dental diseases due to bad cleaning habits, could very well be going extinct (eventually).

Having straight teeth is most certainly at the bottom of the barrel of things important, but it does happen to have some added health benefits as this infographic will reiterate.

Straighter teeth are less likely to be a liability when talking about gum disease, and having straighter teeth can even make cleaning your teeth easier. Parts of teeth are not as hard to reach. Straighter teeth are less likely to grind which will save you from chipping and dulling. Crooked teeth can even lead to a crooked jaw from ‘the uneven distribution of force’ while chewing.

All of these problems could amount to the price for minimal braces! However, it’s up to you to decide their importance. [via]

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The Origin and Evolution of Santa Claus [infographic]

December 14, 2013 |  by  |  Holiday  |  No Comments
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I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was 7 years old. I’ll never forget it. I was in the first grade, and it was the week before Christmas vacation. My classmates and I were in the computer lab, and we were prompted to type letters to Santa Claus through a certain website, which I have since then forgotten. I really do wish I could include the link so that you could see what I’m talking about, but 14 years is a long time to try to remember the address of a certain website.

Anyway, I remember that my letter wasn’t your typical 7 year-old letter to Santa Claus. It was a mission. While all the other kids were concerned about letting Santa know just exactly what they wanted for Christmas, I was interested in learning about how he could make it around the world in one night. Seriously, here’s a dude that has 13 or so flying reindeer that are supposed to carry tons of junk all the way around the world in one single night, not to mention the time loss from landing and distributing presents in each individual home.  After sending our letters, we were given “personalized” responses that were ever so “magical”. I soon realized that all the kids had the same letter, just different variations of it. I thought to myself, “Wait a minute… These weren’t written by Santa Claus! It’s the same letter!”

A rather sophisticated debate ensued in which my all-knowing classmates in all their infinite first-grade wisdom informed me that  “Santa Claus can use magic.” That’s why we all have the same letter.”  Old Saint Nick, that rat bastard, cheated me out of my childhood that day. After finding this infographic though, I at least have a better understanding of the man behind holiday spirit. [via]

 

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What Happens in an Internet Minute [infographic]

December 13, 2013 |  by  |  Internet, Tech  |  No Comments
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In Kindergarten we learn a lot of basic things. Months, colors, counting and of course we are introduced to the concept of time. There are 60 seconds in a minute, there are 60 minutes in an hour and 5 minutes is not a very long time. That last lesson I learned when I was told to stand outside the classroom for 5 minutes and the teacher said “5 minutes isn’t a very long time, you’ll be fine.” At this time my parents were on vacation and my God Mother had the responsibility of taking me to school. For my own enjoyment I decided that I would hide her bra one morning. As I watched her run around the house looking for her bra, I could not contain my laughter. She was upset of course and exclaimed “We are already 5 minutes late!” to which I excitingly responded “5 minutes isn’t a very long time, you’ll be fine!” I was such a cute child.

The world today is traveling faster and faster. Being on the internet for one minute is a very long time, let alone 5 minutes. Imagine if it took 5 minutes for a webpage to load, that sounds crazy! Today’s infographic gives us a look into how much work can be done in just a minute on the internet.

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Firefighters: Engines of Community Safety [infographic]

December 12, 2013 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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My new roommate is an Austin-area firefighter. I feel really safe knowing that I’ll be living with someone who knows about fire safety, and basic EMT skills. One lazy evening I started asking him about what it took to become a firefighter and was very surprised with how long and competitive the process is! It takes an extraordinary person to become part of a fire academy. Apart from passing numerous exams, their physiques must be in top shape to be able to carry heavy equipment and injured people out of burning buildings. Today’s infographic educates us about different fire-related facts, and the costly price it takes to train and equip a firefighter. It costs a lot of money to supply a firefighter with their essential supplies, but it’s almost considered priceless when numerous lives are saved by these selfless heroes. [via]

 

 

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50 Years 50 Toys [infographic]

December 11, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, Holiday  |  2 Comments
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This time of year always makes me nostalgic for my childhood, and the days when I dreamed of visiting Santa’s workshop. For way too many years I believed that somewhere far far away, presumably the North Pole, Santa’s elves were (happily) slaving away, making mountains of toys for children all around the world. I decided toys with name brand labels were either made and shipped to certain companies or only labeled as such as a cover for the real Santa’s workshop.

Today’s infographic shows 50 years of the most popular toys. I can remember most of these novelty items popping up at various ages and stages of my life. The annoyance of Furbies and Giga Pets waking me and my friends up in the dead of night at sleepovers is hauntingly familiar. And back in my day, no one was safe from the Beanie Baby craze — I probably had hundreds of these glorified stuffed animals, and I was told that they would be worth thousands of dollars some day (granted, their cuteness factor and hugable-loveableness was much more important to me at the time).

Get nostalgic with today’s infographic and check out some of your favorite childhood (and possibly current) playthings. [Via]

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