Ah, the terrifying world of dating.
“Put yourself out there!” is what I always seem to be harping at my single friends when they start whining about being forever alone. “How??” they ask. I simply mean, don’t quietly sit in the corner looking pretty–mingle, talk to people, make yourself known and interested in the people around you. And in a world of online dating, it’s become even easier to do this. You can easily find people in a similar situation as yourself, with qualities you admire, and make people aware when you’re on the prowl.
Coffee Meets Bagel, an online dating website, mitigates feelings of rejection that often keep people from making the first move. They offer “one match per day at noon,” (“a 1-on-1 match specifically chosen for you”) and “one day to LIKE or PASS your match.” And they “don’t tell your matches you LIKED them unless they LIKE you too.” This definitely beats walking up to someone you find attractive and being shut down before you have time to make a case for yourself.
And when you score a date, read today’s infographic to help interpret his texts. He may be into you, he might want to be your booty call, or he might just be being polite. Texting can be an amazing source of interpersonal communication, but it can also make you crazy. Read today’s guide and don’t waste your time if you start feeling the cold shoulder. There are always others out there. [Best Dating Tip from Coffee Meets Bagel]
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I’ve always wanted to learn how to surf. It looks so peaceful and zen, despite the fact that it is basically an art of controlled falling. I’ve gotten into some of the more modern ‘extreme’ boarding like snowboarding and skateboarding, but I feel like surfing is really the seed of these now so-called ‘extreme sports’.
It’s believed that the ancient Polynesians (progenitors of Hawaii) started the act of surfing. The first written record was by Joseph Banks aboard the HMS endeavor in 1779, although the cultural custom of surfing most likely predates this record. The ancient Hawaiians regarded surfing, or he’e nalu (wave sliding), as an almost sacred activity to communicate with the ocean and pray for their protection and strength. I bet every single one of the surfers on this infographic were praying as well. Most likely praying for their life not to end after riding these giant tsunami-waves.
As you can see, this infographic uses the friggin’ Statue of Liberty as a scale for how massive these waves are. EFF THAT’S HUGE. You can even see all of the puny air we’ve gotten through other methods – snowboarding, skating, jumping, etc. Nothing can quite get you higher than that thing that takes up about 70% of earth.
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How much time do you invest in a book you can’t get into before you decide it’s time to cut your losses? What is your breaking point? Goodreads put together an infographic highlighting the top-five books abandoned by Goodreads’ users. Unsurprisingly, three of the five I have abandoned myself. But reading this infographic got me thinking a lot about the psychology behind an abandoned book.
I rarely abandon books; I feel defeated when it happens. In fact, before today I would have claimed that I always finish books–even if I hate them. I abandoned Eat Pray Love with one chapter to go, Fifty Shades of Grey 250 pages in, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo after the first chapter. I haven’t read Casual Vacancy for fear of having an abandoned J.K. Rowling book on my record. All of these books were recommended to me. I am afraid that I tend to neglect books that are recommended and then lent to me to read. I generally read books according to where I am in life emotionally. If I am reading a book that I haven’t already created some prearranged attachment to based on the level of emotional support I need it to provide me at the time, I just can’t get into it.
What’s your stance on abandonment? Are you an always-finish-no-matter-what kind of person? Have you ever hated the main character of a book? Do you hide your book covers in the airport because your reading selection embarrasses you? And most importantly, has anyone (other than my sister whom I envy for her reading abilities) read Catch 22 cover to cover? [via]
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For 30 years, Spirit Halloween, the largest seasonal Halloween retailer in North America, has had its finger on the pulse of pop culture, as the year’s most unforgettable moments often translate to the most memorable Halloween costumes. In recent years, Charlie Sheen won our attention, Lady Gaga’s fashion choices had us buzzing, and the cast of The Jersey Shore fist-pumped onto the scene. In 2013, Halloween enthusiasts everywhere will be twerkin’ what their momma gave them.
To celebrate its 30th Anniversary, Spirit Halloween tapped into the archives to identify the box office hits, small screen stars and celebrities that kept the nation talking. The first-ever “Pop-Costume Index,” illustrates the intersection between pop culture and popular costumes during the past three decades. This dynamic infographic includes fun facts, such as:
· Perennial Favorites – Princess Leia’s famous gold bikini debuted in 1983 and continues to be a popular costume 30 years later. Even today, nothing says “Bad Guy” like Darth Vader, another sought-after look.
· Partners in Crime – Batman and his sensational counterparts – Robin, Catwoman and The Joker – were top costumes in 1989, 1992, 1997 and 2008.
· Take a Bite out of the Costume Competition – Twilight’s overwhelming popularity in 2009 resurrected a Halloween costume classic – vampires – in the same way Pirates of the Caribbean helped pirate-themed costumes become a Halloween favorite in 2003.
· Not Just for Kids – Children’s hit television programs such as the Care Bears (1986), Barney (1993) and SpongeBob SquarePants (2004) not only won the hearts of kids across the country, but also led the way in costume trends for adults.
To find your perfect costume and a store near you, visit SpiritHalloween.com.
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Many of us work in retail. Many of us work in an industry that is customer based. This job often tells us that the customer is always right. Though it doesn’t really have to be true, to earn the trust of our clientele, and understand that the needs of the customer is by far the most important in any transaction.
Connecting with customers can be difficult. When breaching the gap and attempting contact, it is important to remember that the time is for the customer. A business is nothing without a loyal customer base.
We have all been asked to participate in short “5 question” surveys at the end of a phone call. Though not all of us draft reports that display quality customer satisfaction, we can all learn from the following infographic when thinking of how to best report our findings with the customers that many of us serve.
“Time is money!” is not necessarily true all the time. Time is time. We all have it and it can be precious because we have a finite amount of it in a day. When promoting something it is important to be concise. Use the proper formatting in questioning. Keep in mind how people read and process information.
Advertising is how a business builds profits and has long standing relationships its customers. Appeal to the target demographic. Once you have established a consistent history with a client, you can go forth and document it in a scientific and undeniably accurate report. [Word Central.ca]