10 Commonly Misunderstood Words [infographic]

June 29, 2011 |  by  |  Education  |  4 Comments
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My friends and I are self-professed grammar geeks. Upon hearing Alanis Morissette’s 90s hit “Ironic” on the radio, a worn out discussion usually breaks out: is she using the word “ironic” correctly? Yes, you can roll your eyes now. But, seriously, “It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife” is not really ironic, is it? (And I know that this discussion is more worn out than your favorite gym shorts…)

Today’s infographic supports my argument, but it also schools me against using “literally” as an emphatic “really,” and reminds me that politely chuckling does not a bemused person make. Some of the distinctions seem fairly close, as in the case of “plethora,” but a lot of these are good reminders. Whether this inforgraphic warms your heart or not, take a look to see if you are guilty of any of the offenses below. [Via]

10 Commonly Misunderstood Words

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How Music Taste is Inherited [infographic]

June 28, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  8 Comments
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As people grow into their refined music tastes, moving from top 40 hits to alternative rock stations and beyond, one might wonder how they formed their preferences. Maybe your parents blasting old records had more of an influence than you once thought. Because STYX, Alice Cooper and Pink Floyd aren’t included, my music taste is untraceable, but maybe this infographic will ring true to you. [Via]

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Wal-Mart vs. Amazon [infographic]

June 27, 2011 |  by  |  Business  |  2 Comments
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To be frank I am not a fan of Wal-Mart, it is an awful company. I have nothing against big business, but Wal-Mart is a monster. Being from Austin, TX I’m a little bias towards local business, the very thing Wal-Mart runs to the ground. The way they do business screws everyone involved, but Wal-Mart.

Amazon on the other hand is a company I respect. Much younger than Wal-Mart they have reached a number one ranking in both retail brand marketing and customer service. As a student I have taken advantage of the free premium membership, giving me free shipping on already cheap textbooks. It’s hard to believe that Amazon started out just selling books when you see the the enormous selection they have now.

They also offer video streaming, mp3 service, and have the kindle. Wal-Mart has yet to enter the internet in a big way and they will have to do something really big in order to be able to compete with Amazon. Even with their enormous growth Amazon continues to be about the customer, ensuring timely shipping of products and great customer support.[via]

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The Boston Bruins’ $156,679 Bar Tab [infographic]

June 24, 2011 |  by  |  Sports  |  1 Comment
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I would be amazed if I made over $150,000 a year, spending it in one night is unbelievable. After our last hockey filled infograhpic: Gretzky vs. Lemieux I thought I could give this year’s champions some limelight. I am willing to bet money not one member of the team went home sober that night. I hope that hundred-thousand-dollar Champaign was worth it.

Jagerbombs seemed to be one of the team’s most popular drinks, besides Bud Light of course. (I’d put money that Bud is a sponsor. Search their site for the Bud Light logo! http://bruins.nhl.com/)

Think about being on the lucky wait-staff for this group. Almost $25,000 in gratuity alone, I know that some waitress somewhere is way too happy. Also, after spending tens-of-thousands of dollars, the Bruins got the attention of the bar owner and was comped one bottle of Champaign. What bar was this at? Because I will never bring my world-championship winning team to this place for just one bottle of bubbly. [Via]

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America’s Composition [infographic]

June 23, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  4 Comments
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The United States prides itself on its cultural diversity. I certainly enjoy seeing many different faces and hearing different accents throughout my day.

It’s a little scary that 18,000 people are classified as “unknown.” I wonder if they are secret aliens? This infographic only shows numbers for people entering the country in 2008…so there could be millions of unknown people here by now!

Although today’s infographic may not have much information, I find it very engaging to see all the different backgrounds of people in the United States. It certainly blew my mind how many countries are represented in the United States by such strong numbers. [Via]

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