The Numbers Behind China [infographic]

October 18, 2010 |  by  |  Travel  |  No Comments
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Good Monday to all you Daily Infographic readers! I, Diego Martinez-Moncada am the newest addition to this wonderful site. To start things off I am going to go ahead and jump right in with an infographic on China. Unless you haven’t seen the news for the past couple of years, you know that China is an up and coming powerhouse.

China, as you may know, was the host of the 2008 Olympics, which helped to bring them into the international spotlight, having both negative and positive effects on their image. Prior to their spectacular opening ceremonies, China experienced much grief from other countries because of the lack or respect they have for human rights. However as time passes and other countries, like the United States of America fuel a middle class (by buying their goods), slowly China will see itself becoming more and more democratic.

As it stands now, China can best be compared to the United States during its industrial revolution. For one China does not consist of solely Chinese. There is a reason it is called the People’s Republic of China: the population consists of Han Chinese, Tibetans, Manchu, Miao, and many others. Secondly China is seeing a large growth in its utilization of unskilled labor, and with this unskilled labor comes much pollution, due to the fact that much of unskilled labor involves work in factories. However unlike the U.S. during our industrial revolution, China sees the way it is going will quickly destroy its environment, which in turn will just as quickly end their run as a powerhouse. With this in mind they are investing millions in green energy and are showing much promise in that field. Sooner than we think our run as the top dog will end and China will be deciding what happens to the international economy. [via]

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Whaling Industry Timeline [infographic]

October 15, 2010 |  by  |  Animals  |  No Comments
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I think whales are really cool, but I think those bros on Whale Wars really must like em’. They are really intense.   If you didn’t hear from last season, a Japanese Whaling vessel rammed right into a Whale Wars boat and cut it in half. Ridiculous. The owner whose boat got cut in two boarded the Japanese Whaling ship and ended up spending a few months in a Japanese jail. Crazy?

I’m glad whaling has slowed down in the last hundred years. I hope these chill creatures stick around. [Via]

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Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Nachos But Were Afraid to Ask [infographic]

October 14, 2010 |  by  |  Food  |  2 Comments
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What’s up team? Today is a special day, our 100th infographic! Yup, that’s a hella lotta information if you ask me, and I know information. So to commemorate this grand Thursday, October the 14th Twenty Ten, I’ve posted my favorite infographic ever. And it is about the best thing ever. Nachos.

Nachos are a staple at all sporting events and festivals. Sometimes they suck. At least you tell that to your friend to sound cool, but you know deep in your heart they still taste amazing. I mean, come on, we all love them, except those who are lactose intolerant. I’m sorry, you’re missing out on the greatest food in the history of mankind.

Moving on, or moving back to the topic, I love cheese. Chile con Queso is what we eat down here in Texas. It is the exact same as nachos, but the chips go in the cheese, no cheese on top of the chips. Dipping chips is such a smarter way for a few reasons:
1. No soggy chips
Soggy chips don’t taste horrible, but you’ll get all that nacho cheese all over your fingers and you’ll have that faint smell of nachos on your hands during the entire game. Unless you wussy out and head to the washroom.
2. You decide how much cheese goes on your chip.
Letting some underpaid, under appreciated nacho stand worker put cheese on your chips is equivalent to death. They’ll put it all on one side or not put enough on. Maybe he even has the nerve to let your chips soak in a bath of melted cheddar — untouchable by any human hands.

All you yankees should keep this in mind next time you’re watching a Texas football team wreck yours and your fingers are tainted with nacho cheese. [Via]

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Why Freeways Come to a Stop [infographic]

October 13, 2010 |  by  |  Travel  |  No Comments
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I drive the deadliest stretch of pavement in Texas every weekend. I may be a little badass, but what’s not badass is the traffic. Going through downtown Austin on IH-35 is always congested unless it’s past midnight.

I read a few years ago that the average speed for 35 in Austin during rush hour is around 3mph. Yup, three. It is kinda unbelievable. I have no idea why this problem isn’t being fixed. It isn’t like it is something new. Traffic has always been a problem and between San Antonio and Dallas is said to be one of the most overloaded-unorganized roads in the nation.

I’m not sure if y’all have been down 35 in a while, but near Cabela’s is a lane shift. Now, most the time we just slow down 10mph or so, but there are sometimes when a car will not shift and everyone has to slam on their breaks. Another problem with this is that there is a merging lane during the lane shift, if you don’t merge in 100ft or so you’re going straight into a cement barrier. Those problems are due to construction, and I hope they are done soon.

The absolute worst drive I’ve ever had on 35 was during tax-free weekend on my way to San Marcos. I know soccer moms may not be the best drivers, but I’ve been driving this span for over a year and I have never seen traffic in the middle of the country like this. I was certain, 100% sure that there were multiple wrecks. Not the case, just dumb drivers blindly flailing their vehicle down the road at 70 miles per hour causing massive traffic jams. Dubs. [Via]

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Chilean Miner Rescue [infographic]

October 12, 2010 |  by  |  Mind-Blowing  |  No Comments
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Yup, they’re coming out of the depths of the earth as we speak (well, starting midnight tonight. I thought they started last night). 33 unlucky miners, stuck underground since August 5th.

Hopefully the rescue will go without any problems, but hoisting people up 2,000 feet seems like it would be difficult to not to run into trouble.

The media isn’t really thinking that there will be any problems, they are worried more about how much money these miners will make after they get out. I read a story earlier today that said the miners have had a lawyer bring contracts that say no one miner can gain tons of money from this, that all those trapped must share. I think that is a great idea. I guess they have had some time to think about this though.

They will all be set for life if they use their money right. I hope it turns out for the best. [Via]

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