A friend of mine recently sent me this awesome infographic about a sport which I had little knowledge of prior to receiving the infographic, and now I feel like a pro. The sport is Curling. It’s a popular winter Olympic sport, but having not known how the game worked, I often skipped this portion of the Olympics. I’ve played around with a shuffle board before, which just so happens to be fairly similar to curling, so if you, like myself, know the ins and outs of the shuffle board, then curling should come easy to you. Let’s get started!
The basic goal of the game, as is with many other sports, is to gain more points than the opposing team. The game is traditionally played by two teams of four people. The surface upon which these players compete is known as the curling sheet. The curling sheet is divided into two sides, each with it’s own bulls-eye or “house”. Players are equipped with stones which they slide over the curling sheet to the opposite side in hopes of hitting the center of the house which is known as the button. A single point is awarded to any stone within the house. Only one team scores per round, and this is based on whichever team’s stones are closer to the button. Traditionally, after the game has been won, the losing team must buy the winning team a round of beers, everyone laughs and sings songs by the fire and happy times are bountiful for the curlers.
That’s a basic summary, but there is more to the sport. This infographic simplifies everything. Check it out! [via]
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Anyone who knows me is aware of my partial obsession with fitness and health. I’m always on a new diet, or maybe they’ll catch me heading out early from a social gathering so I can make my morning long run. Yeah trying to stay healthy has made me kind of a party pooper, but it’s got to get done somehow right? If for some reason I become comatose and sleep through a morning workout, I usually try to eat a healthy diet during that day. While noshing on almonds and carrots all day might seem like a solid way to distract my appetite from all of the delicious junk foods in my office’s kitchen, it can get old really fast. Thankfully, I have a stash of cold-pressed juices to keep my mouth distracted, and my tummy full.
According to today’s infographic, the average moderately active adult needs 2 cups of fruit and 2.5-3 cups of vegetables. While that might seem like a tiny amount, its actually a difficult goal for most adults to reach, as only 15% of these adults ingest the minimum recommended amount of fruits and veggies a day. Thankfully, juicing is an easy way to meet your daily fruit and veggie quota during your hectic work schedule. Today’s infographic provides stimulating visuals and some interesting fruit combinations for your next smoothie. Read on and drink up! [via]
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Everyone knows that Star Wars takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, but George Lucas was a liar.
I know that whenever I watch fantasy or science fiction films set in alternate universes or different planets it’s often difficult to remember that some of the scenes were actually filmed right here on Earth (I guess all scenes are technically filmed on earth, though CGI is kind of questionable due to it’s virtual nature). Here in this infographic we see the various places that created the Star Wars universe.
Here on Earth you can visit locations of Tatooine, Hoth, Yavin IV, Naboo, and even the moon of Endor (though there won’t be any cute little Ewoks to capture you). You can visit the locations of these ‘worlds’ respectively in Tunisia, Arizona,California, Central America, and Europe (Italy, Switzerland, Norway, and the UK).
As compared with the Lord of the Rings, which was all filmed mostly in New Zealand, Star Wars will take you all the way around the world. It might not be the easiest task to do on one vacation, but if you find yourself near any of these places during your lifetime, make an occasion to go to a galaxy far, far away.
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A few years back, I saw and episode of MTV’s True Life. This particular episode was about liposuction. I’ll admit that I had very little knowledge of liposuction prior to this viewing experience. I have never considered getting liposuction, but for many people it is the escape rope from a hellish situation.
However, it’s not as easy as walking into a hospital and saying, “Hello, I’d like some liposuction please.” There are steps that must be taken to ensure that the experience is as effective and enjoyable as possible.
Number one- do your research. This is very important, it is best to find a specialist who has a lot of experience performing successful liposuctions. Next, it is wise to consult a professional about the logistics of the surgery: cost, benefits, etc.
There are other, pre-surgery actions to take as well. Such as getting blood work done, and acquiring the necessary pharmecuticals to ensure a speedy and successful recovery.
After the surgery- rest (you just had surgery). Light excercize is important 48 hours after the procedure. Maybe a bird walk, or evening stroll. 3 weeks after the surgery you can start fully excercizing and enjoying the newer, trimmer, you. After three months, take some post-op photos to compare to how you looked before surgery. Hopefully you like what you see- good luck! [Smartlipo]
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It’s not often said enough, but rappers truly are today’s modern poets. Though mainstream hip-hop has had a bad habit of promoting misogynistic and violent behavior, you can’t take away the sheer wealth of terms and vocabulary that the genre has produced in the past 30 odd years. I mean, fo shizzle right?
In this data visualization, Matt Daniels has put together the vocabularies of 85 different rappers using Rap Genius and charted their lyrical word choice in relation to that of Shakespeare and Herman Melville. To be clear, Daniels is not making any sort of statement about the content of these comparative vocabularies but solely basing this chart upon each artist’s choice of individual words (# of unique words). Shakespeare, in his entire corpus used about 800,000 words with 28,829 of them being unique. In this chart though, Daniels chose the first 35,000 words of each artist (including Shakespeare and Melville) to compare data – Shakespeare ends up around the 5,000 unique-words-mark. By this methodology, the Bard is out-worded by 15 rappers!
Up at the top, with nearly 7,392 unique words, is one of my favorite artists – Aesop Rock. Though he’s not incredibly well known, he is probably one of the most adventurous wordsmiths to spit into the mic. Other artists who made a high standing in this chart include much of the Wu Tang Clan, MF Doom, Outkast, and The Roots. Check out the entire infographic and explanation here.