My brother Jay, founder of Daily Infographic, is getting married just next week. Although it will be the greatest day of his life, the price tag for such an event isn’t cheap. Venues, catering, staffing, photography, and many more elements go into a modern wedding. These costs pile up, and without a good wedding planner, there is a chance you’ll get burned by the price.
The costs of a wedding start way before the big event. The first day you start to research engagement rings brings the reality of the sheer financial cost of a marriage. Spending thousands of dollars on a engagement ring is the norm nowadays. Getting the right price for the ring is another story. Today’s infographic takes a look at the ridiculous amount of money A-listers spend on engagement rings for their significant others.
Two of entertainment’s best each spent five million dollars on an engagement ring. Holy cow. Why not buy your spouse their own freaking island instead of a rock for their finger? I would much rather have 23 acres in the Pacific than an accessory.
I know there is a lot of meaning behind wedding bands, and finding the right one takes a lot of time and money. Do your research and make sure to get the most bling for your buck. [Brilliance]
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Did you know Hawaiians from Honolulu are some of the most honest people in the nation? Not to say that the rest of the U.S. is dishonest. After selling iced tea on the honor system for $1 a pop, Americans had a 95% overall honesty rating. Not bad, huh? Can you guess where the worst rating was? Providence, Rhode Island. Maybe if Providence was actually a tropical wonderland like Honolulu, they’d be more inclined to pay for their tea.
In this experiment, Honest Tea measured some other metrics as well. Those who like the show Cops, listen to rock & roll and have been separated from the person they love tend to be slightly more honest than others. Also, some people didn’t pay the fee with the U.S. dollar. A lot of participants used foreign money, coupons or another creative way to ‘pay.’ It shows we as a nation don’t tend to steal something outright.
The gap for honesty wasn’t very large, and that seemed to be true over all of the tested ideas. Even though women, blondes, and dog lovers were slightly more honest, it doesn’t mean too much. With only a small percent margin in difference, this little test has proven that we’re all pretty honest people in America. [Honest Tea]
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I am a firm supporter of the theory of evolution. I was recently engaged in an argument in which the person opposing me did not believe in the theory of evolution. I have chosen this infographic specifically to promote this theory, because I feel that it is time for humanity to embrace and accept it as the most plausible explanation of (as Darwin put it so eloquently) the origin of species.
Every living thing is connected. You share something in common with every other living creature/plant on this planet. The thing we all share in common is not just life itself, but genetic codes. From the very first instance of life on earth, DNA has been morphing and changing in extreme ways with each new generation of living things. Basically, this genetic code can change based on a number of different causes, but mostly relating to the environment in a living body’s surroundings. This is how a plant can become a squirrel. It takes more time than is humanly observable for a change that drastic to occur, but it occurs nonetheless. This is the primary reason I feel most people have trouble understanding evolution.
We have made it convenient for humans to understand by pictorially describing evolution in a linear fashion, as shown by the popular image of the ape-to-man progression. I feel this image has only added to the confusion. Firstly, humans did not evolve from apes; we share a common ancestor, which is the reason we are related to them. Secondly, it makes it seem like two apes got it on one day and all of a sudden the first human being popped out, and then eventually other human beings happened, and then it became normal. The problem is that the image fails to show the millions of years in between. It wasn’t that the creature looked like a monkey, and then looked like a human. It was a process that took countless occurrences of genetic changes that created what we now call a human.
I could go on for days trying to explain the theory of evolution, but it would appear that I have far surpassed my preferred word-count, so I will stop here. I urge anyone that does not support the theory of evolution to further examine it and to seek to understand it, because it is something that is happening, and it’s time the world accepted it. [via]
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Since 2012, the ebola virus has systematically spread itself across Western Africa. With the first outbreak of the deadly disease centered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, international health authorities did not initially believe the virus to be of international health concern.
Unfortunately, as of recent news, there are now more than 1,800 people in West Africa infected with the highly contagious, extremely deadly disease, with death totals over the past year and a half nearing 1,000 people. Although Americans have very little need to worry about an outbreak in North America, according to Hello MD, the disease now has a mortality rate of 90 percent, deeming the calls for international help extremely important. As of a week ago, it was even confirmed that two Americans sent to West Africa to treat infected persons have contracted the deadly disease themselves, and have since been transported to hospitals in Atlanta and Texas for treatment in highly secure quarantined zones.
Healthcare workers in West Africa believed the initial spread of the disease to be centered around fruit bats contaminating bush meat, or primate meat, but now have shifted their attention towards intimate burial ceremonies of infected persons where family members are coming into direct skin-to-skin contact with deceased infected persons. Whatever the cause though, Americans need not to worry about an outbreak on U.S. soil, but should continue to spread awareness and supply as much aid as possible.