The Spy’s Toolkit: Espionage Gadgets Throughout the Ages [Infographic]

April 7, 2014 |  by  |  Mind-Blowing  |  No Comments
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Everyone loves a good spy gadget. From the childhood days of wearing mirrored sunglasses and writing in invisible ink to watching Q’s ridiculous gadgets in James Bond movies, there is a fondness I have for all things ‘spy’. Here in this infographic we go back in history to some of the best real-life spy gadgets. I stress the ‘real life’ aspect because although you won’t find anything quite like James Bond’s underwater-car or wristwatch grapple-guns (though camera pigeons come close to that level of awesome), there are however some pretty incredible stories behind some of these gadgets.

Take for instance the Fake Monopoly Game from the 1940s. John Waddington LTD (who owned the rights to Monopoly in the UK) worked with M19 (secret British spy agency) to distribute information to POWs via fake board games of Monopoly. These ‘board games’ would contain maps, files, and compasses disguised as playing pieces. The way the soldiers would know whether or not they had one of these special sets was by the indication of a red dot on the Free Parking space. Amazingly they smuggled these boards in by setting up fake charities to infiltrate enemy camps (still don’t really understand how that works but ok).

That was definitely my favorite spy gadget from this list. Which one did you like the most? Leave some comments down below!

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Unplugged: A Smartphone Detox [infographic]

April 6, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle, Tech  |  1 Comment
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Are you addicted to your smartphone? If I hadn’t recently gone without my smartphone for three days, I probably wouldn’t be asking myself that question. Sadly, I’ve come to realize that I have a smartphone problem.¬†According to this infographic, 66 percent of people said they couldn’t last one day without it. I honestly don’t know how I survived for three.

It was upsetting enough that I wasn’t able to use smartphone applications like Snapchat and Instagram (which I am definitely addicted to). Not being able to call and text people, or even check my emails, was beyond frustrating. I had to borrow phones like I was back in middle school and it was awful.

I find myself getting pretty anxious without my smartphone, even if it’s just for a few hours. What if something goes wrong and I’m left without a way to contact anyone? I think not being connected is a little frightening. Is this a problem that only an extended detox could solve? Possibly, but I am a millennial. I grew up this way. I guess it’s time to admit that I’m a nomophobiac. Are you?

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It’s All About The Music [infographic]

April 5, 2014 |  by  |  Music  |  1 Comment
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The very most foundational aspects of my personality are rooted in the music that I listen to. Music has been a part of my life ever since my parents bought me Please Please Me by The Beatles when I was 5 years old. That was my shit. While all of my peers were discovering Britney Spears and The Backstreet Boys, I was jamming out to a Simon and Garfunkel’s greatest hits tape. I’ve always prided myself on the music that I listen to, because quite frankly, music is the only thing that matters in this world. Music is just fantastic. It’s candy for the ears and soul. The craziest thing about music is that it is only noise. It’s just a bunch of sounds that humans have been creating and tweaking for years and years, because for whatever reason, these certain sounds are pleasing to listen to. And what’s even crazier is that all of these sounds create an emotional response when you listen to them. Have you ever danced to a song? If you answered “no”, gtfo. It’s amazing to me, that someone can put a bunch of sounds together in such a way that, when listened to, make you want to move your body. Music moves through you. Here’s an infographic about other people that like music too. [via]

 

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Substance Abuse and Suicide Risk [infographic]

April 4, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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I have never done any hard drugs. One point in my life whenever I was in a certain state of mind, I knew that if hard drugs were presented to me, I would have taken them. Substance abuse would have made me take hard drugs, and they could also make someone do something even worse, like kill themselves. Is suicide really that bad? We have our own lives, and if we chose to end it, why does everyone have to get so sad? Why do we have to watch out for each other so much?

Suicide is such a huge happening that there are places famous for committing suicide. The Golden Gate Bridge, Aokigahara Forest and Mount Mihara are all famous for attracting people to end their lives. Why not control your death? I admit that we should strive to not bring people to this depression that causes suicide, but maybe some suicidal people have just reached a point in their life where they know that NOTHING MATTERS and no matter what they do time will go on and that ending their life could be the most selfless thing to do. Really, is life too great to end it? Probably not when abusing a substance.
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The Perfect Beer Label [infographic]

April 3, 2014 |  by  |  Business, Food  |  No Comments
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Craft Beers are spreading like wildfire and I can’t be more happy about it. This new industry is brewing up beer snobs left and right, including me. Palate-wrecking IPAs and strong, bold belgians are my weakness. Another plus to the growing industry are the thousands of different designs used to label the beer.

If you haven’t been drinking cheap beer lately, the big guys, Budweiser and Miller, have gone retro bringing back their original can designs. Big beer knows too well the spread of craft brewing is taking a big chunk of their market share. Because craft beer is so tasty, big beer doesn’t advertise the superior taste of their beer much anymore. They focus on ‘drinkability’ and the lite-ness of the beverage.

In Austin, one of our many craft breweries is Austin Beer Works. They have a sleek, modern design that really catches my fancy-not to mention the beer is absolutely delicious. Why stop at craft brewery designs? Home-brewers have taken the next step to beer snobbery by designing and labeling the beer they make in their own garage.

With companies like Whole Foods coming out with their own craft beer selection, I think its safe to say Big Beer is getting nervous. [99Designs]

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