The 8 Phases of the Moon [infographic]

December 10, 2013 |  by  |  Environmental, Mind-Blowing  |  1 Comment
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Who doesn’t love the mystery and romance of the moon? Earth’s closest celestial object has been around for around 4.5 billion years. Most likely formed by a chunk of the earth being ripped from itself, the moon has been a beautiful and constant companion to us.

Much of the beauty that comes from the moon is it’s transformative nature. As this infographic shows, the moon is ‘shaped’ in a way by us. As the earth moves in and out of the light path from the sun to the moon, there is a penumbra/umbra (i.e.) shadow that is cast. When the Moon, Earth, and Sun are in approximate alignment, the moon is either at it’s most or least visible form to our perspective. As it orbits around us we see a gradual change from these two extremes. When the moon grows in visibility we say that it is waxing. When the moon is becoming new again (or less visible) we say that it is waning.

Here are some other fun facts I found while researching for this infographic:

In a survey conducted in 1988, 13% of those surveyed believed that the moon is made of cheese.

In China, the dark shadows that are on the moon are called “the toad in the moon”.

The moon rotates at 10 miles per hour compared to the earth’s rotation of 1000 miles per hour.

The moon’s diameter is about 1/4 the diameter of the Earth. About 49 moons would fit inside the Earth.

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The Cost of the Twelve Days of Christmas [Infographic]

December 9, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, Holiday  |  No Comments
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If you celebrate Christmas you likely know all of the traditional songs that go along with the holiday. Classics such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Let it Snow,” among many more can be heard all over in the weeks leading up to Christmas, but perhaps none are quite so iconic as “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” where the singer buys their love an oddly large number of gifts for the holiday. Have you ever wondered how much all of those strange gifts cost?

Today’s fun infographic gives us a look at the “cost” of all of the presents given in “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” 30 years ago vs. today, and it ends up being higher than you may expect. The partridge in a pear tree alone costs close to $200, not to mention the $2,800 you’ll need for twelve drummers drumming. When all is said and done you could expect the grand total to be somewhere in the ballpark of $27,000 for all of those gifts, so something a little more traditional may be the better option.

For more info on the costs of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” have a look at the graphic below. [Via]

The Cost of the Twelve Days of Christmas [Infographic]

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Getting Ahead in Business with Body Language [infographic]

December 8, 2013 |  by  |  Business, Education  |  1 Comment
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Human interaction and the way we go about presenting ourselves is truly one of the only things in life we can control. We live in a time where people can make comebacks and literally start from the bottom and rise to extraordinary position. To get ahead in any manner of life involving human interaction; you need to network.

When you are speaking with someone in line at the store or a colleague from down the hall, you want to feel like what you are saying and how you are acting is accepted and understood. This level of respect that we all want has to go both ways. We must be conscious of how we appear–not our style necessarily but they way in which we engage one another.

It has been said that imitation is the best form of flattery. By reciprocating your fellow person’s body language, you are signaling to them that you are on the same page and that you are comfortable. Making eye contact and allowing the other person to talk uninterrupted is all about showing respect. Leaning forward when speaking and backwards with an open posture allows for open communication.

This infographic brilliantly summarizes a few simple ways to make people more comfortable as well as giving a few tips that will make ourselves stand out as confident individuals. However, this infographic demonstrates how easy it can be to network when you use the correct mannerisms. Regardless of status, keep your head held high. [via]

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Poetry [infographic]

December 7, 2013 |  by  |  Education, Recreation  |  No Comments
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Examine, if you will,

For a moment at least,

The complexity of,

A poetry piece.

 

Sometimes they rhyme,

Sometimes they don’t,

It’s not a big deal,

Just write from your soul.

 

Poetry, in essence,

Is nothing more,

Than an a window into,

A language’s lyrical core.

 

There’s all sorts of poems,

A different genre for all,

Whether you like them long or short,

Fat, skinny, small or tall.

 

Epics are great,

They’re adventurous and brave,

This is how Mr. Homer,

Met his friend, fame.

 

Shakespeare,

Of whom I’m certain you’ve heard,

Wrote only in iambic pentameter,

Such a poetry nerd.

 

Lyrical poetry,

As described here,

Explores the feelings of the author,

They’re the most sincere.

 

Watch out for satires though,

They can be quite dark if not dangerous,

Like that creepy goth girl,

Who writes poetry using words like, “abyss”.

 

Her poems though,

Are what you’d consider elegy,

They’re designed to evoke sorrow,

And explain her hard life of “tragedy”.

 

But I digress,

I detest,

And my words, this, suggest,

That her life is a “mess”,

Yes, I’m mean, I confess

Yet she’s really not less,

I just know that I’m best,

She’s on a path, and I’m on a quest

She wears her heart on her sleeve, and I, in my chest,

But I have, by now, too much recessed,

So I guess I’ll put this conflict to rest.

 

Back to the subject,

Where were we now,

Ah, this infographic,

Just check it out! [via]

 

 

 

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The Potato Unpeeled: Nutritional Facts & Information [infographic]

December 6, 2013 |  by  |  Food  |  1 Comment
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So, I’m from Idaho and my mama cooks potatoes. And my mama’s mama cooked potatoes, and my mama’s, mama’s mama cooked potatoes, too. My family knows everything there is to know about the potato business.

Potatoes have been used since 8000 BCE and were originally domesticated in Peru. The potato was a principle source of energy for the Inca Empire. Potatoes were not used in Europe until the end of the 16th century. “There is no vegetable about which so much has been written and so much enthusiasm has been shown … The poor should be quite content with this foodstuff [potatoes].” was quoted from France’s 1785 edition of Bon Jardinier, an encyclopedia on gardening.

Anyway, like I was sayin’, Potatoes are the fruit of the ground. You can grill ‘em, boil ‘em, broil ‘em, bake ‘em, twice bake ‘em, sauté ‘em, smash ‘em, mash ‘em, dice ‘em, slice ‘em. Dey’s uh, Potato bread, Potato quiche, Potato Pancakes. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s sweet potatoes, Red potatoes, white potatoes, purple potatoes, Scalloped potatoes, potato soup, potato stew, potato casserole, potato curry, potato salad, Pakora, Potato Pie, shrimp and potatoes, hash browns, tater tots, potato skins, gnocchi, french fries, samosas, potato chips. That- that’s about it.

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