The Christmas Bugs [infographic]

December 5, 2013 |  by  |  Environmental, Holiday  |  1 Comment
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Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it is now acceptable to begin Christmas decorating. From Christmas lights to Nativity scenes, there is always an interesting variety of Christmas decorations to take a gander at. However,  one decoration that is set up by almost everyone is the Christmas tree. I used to HATE putting up the Christmas tree. Mainly because my mom used a fake tree that we had to assemble  BRANCH BY BRANCH! It had the musky smell of attic, took over an hour to assemble, and I always got a weird film of dust on my fingers. My mom always tried to make it fun by making hot chocolate (even though it was always 80+ degrees in South Texas), or playing Christmas music, but it’s a tradition I’ve come to loathe. I would always ask my mom, “why don’t we just get a real tree?!” Her usual response was that they were too expensive. After reading today’s infographic, I’m glad she never caved into my whining for a new tree. Today’s interesting  infographic is about the different critters that can potentially infiltrate your house when you take home a real Christmas tree. Bringing home a live tree is like inviting all the outdoor insects into your house for some  hot chocolate and eggnog. Don’t let today’s infographic put a damper on your Christmas spirit! [via]

 

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Your Guide to Adopting a Shelter Dog [infographic]

December 4, 2013 |  by  |  Animals  |  No Comments
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I chose today’s infographic in light of my boyfriend’s decision to adopt a dog from a local animal shelter. He’s been planning to get a dog after he graduates college for years now, and that time has finally come! I’ve been way too excited (probably more so than him) for weeks now, and been obsessively checking no-kill shelter websites everyday for the perfect canine companion. I fell in love with a cream colored Jack Russell Terrier mix named Stella, but a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Labrador Retriever mix has won my boyfriend over. We’re meeting his future pet this Saturday!

So many deserving dogs who are looking for a good home are available at your local animal shelter. All different sizes and ages are waiting patiently in foster homes and behind kennel enclosures for their forever homes.

As today’s infographic points out, shelter dogs are often more grateful of their new masters than those with a pedigree, and are resilient and tough. It should also be noted that mixed breeds are known to have less health problems than purebred dogs.

Christmas is fast approaching — if you’re in the right place in your life to welcome an animal into it, you might consider giving a shelter dog what he’s always wanted — a forever home. [Via]

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Guide to Understanding the Introverted [infographic]

December 3, 2013 |  by  |  Education, Lifestyle  |  4 Comments
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Most days I wish that I could live in a giant hamster ball. I wouldn’t have to worry about the weather, I could act as if the people I was not interested in talking to could not be heard through its thick plastic, and I would be protected from all outside forces. But couldn’t there be a back door to it or like a hatch? One that opens with the right number of rhythmic taps on the hard plastic?

Being an introvert doesn’t mean you are incapable of being a socially acceptable butterfly at parties, it just means you would rather still be in your cocoon than out and about fluttering your wings. But you do it anyway. Then you recharge with books, quotes, music, and good lighting.

What I liked about this infographic is that it highlights the same yearning for companionship that is found within extroverts, within introverts. Extroverts tend to want to share moments with people in grandiose ways, while introverts prefer to connect using subtleties, like an all-knowing glance. This doesn’t make their connections with people–once they have gained their trust–any less indulgent, open, or adventurous; it just takes them a while longer to get there. [via]

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A Perspective On Time [Infographic]

December 3, 2013 |  by  |  Mind-Blowing  |  1 Comment
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As we all know, time can be an elusive thing. For instance, when I play the video game Fez for 4 hours and it only seems like 2 minutes, it gives me the tiniest bit of insight into the mysteries that lie within time. In comparison to the timespan of the universe or even that of Earth however, my tiny human brain is hopeless to comprehend the sheer breadth of seconds, minutes, years or eons of time that have existed for eternity. This infographic shows (in the best way I’ve seen) a very fundamental view of almost every era known to man since the dawn of time, stepping further and further back until we’re finally met with the big bang. It really puts into perspective how tiny our life’s little bubble of time is in the grand scheme of things.

What I find especially cool about this infographic is that it puts almost everything into a timeline of it’s own perspective. We start with a single human day expanding into larger and larger time frames and comprehensions so that we see eventually see the incredibly long lifespans of things within their own ‘timespan.’ If that made any sort of sense at all, then you’ll probably enjoy perusing this infographic!

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Festive and Fun Holiday Facts [infographic]

December 2, 2013 |  by  |  Holiday  |  3 Comments
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Festive & Fun Holiday Facts 

Infographic Compliments of FrontRowTickets.com

 

Each year the holidays come and go, seemingly faster than the year before. The holidays have almost become like an annual wedding for families, with months of planning and preparation leading up to the event, and then in a day or two the celebration happens and it seems to have happened in the blink of an eye. Each year in holiday planning we ask ourselves the same questions. What is the best holiday movie for family fun? What are the top holiday plays? What are the top Christmas traditions? How can I make this year Christmas celebration better than ever?

 

The infographic, Festive & Fun Holiday Facts from Front Row Tickets, is a helpful tool for holiday fun. The

infographic includes top Christmas traditions, the most popular holiday movies and activities to maximize the Christmas cheer. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from Front Row Tickets!

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