Why A Good Night’s Sleep Is Essential [infographic]

February 3, 2015 |  by  |  Education, Health  |  No Comments
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I’m a sleeper. I value my restfulness as the most important thing I can do for myself to ensure I have a productive day. During college, no matter how big or early a test was the next day I never pulled an all-nighter. I know, pretty impressive, right? For me personally, to have a clear, well-rested mind was my biggest tool against tests. I would use my sharpness to figure out the problems during the test, instead of remembering the answer the night before. I may be a rarity, as most of my colleagues stayed up until the wee-hours of the morning before huge exams. If I had a test at 8 a.m., I’d be in bed by 8 p.m. I’d wake up around 4 or 5 a.m. and study for the few hours before the test. With such a well-rested mind and recent exposure to the tested content, I was able to do pretty well during college.

Having a strong sleep-cycle can help with things other than just educational performance. Keeping constant sleep hours usually means you will have a better eating cycle, exercise more regularly and be able to wake up more quickly. Try sleeping more, you guys. With a good book and a long day, I’m out like a light in just a few minutes. [Via]

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10 Crazy Facts About Russia [infographic]

February 2, 2015 |  by  |  Mind-Blowing, Politics  |  No Comments
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Russia and the US have never been good friends. Tensions between us have wavered for decades upon decades. At the moment, we have imposed so many economic sanctions on their country, the value of their currency has plummeted. Putin, who seems like their beloved arrogant leader acts like he can do whatever he wants without consequences. Invading countries, supporting rebels, limiting transparency and controlling the media. Wait, that sounds a lot like what America does too….

OK, so we do have a lot of the same problems in our country as Russia, but Russian culture is vastly different. They live in a very unique country where travel is limited. Huge mountain ranges and barren tundra stretch thousands of miles. Russians living in large metropolitan cities seem to have a much different life than those in small towns and villages. This leads to vast cultural differences in people even though they’re all ethnically Russian.

With the international spotlight Russia has been receiving because of the Winter Olympics in Sochi and their meddling with Ukraine, Russian culture is getting scrutinized more than it has since the Cold War. Corruptions and bribery have always been something that the population seemed to ignore. Now with technology allowing information to be shared easily and quickly, the younger generations are taking a different view. [Via]

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Super Bowl XLIX By The Numbers [infographic]

February 1, 2015 |  by  |  Entertainment, Sports  |  No Comments
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It doesn’t matter if you’re an avid sports fan or just in it for the party, there’s something for everyone on Super Bowl Sunday. Maybe you’re the type who bets on your favorite team, and plans to keep your eyes glued to the game to track your winnings. Or perhaps you’re more interested in seeing Katy Perry at halftime and checking out the year’s commercials. Personally, I’m in it for the food. (I’ll be bringing jalapeño poppers.)

Viewing preferences aside, Super Bowl Sunday is a pretty big deal. The average price of a ticket to the live event costs close to $5,000, and about 171 million people watch the game from home. When it comes to food, more than 14 billion hamburgers and 1.25 billion chicken wings will be consumed at Super Bowl parties. Don’t even get me started on how much a Super Bowl commercial goes for, or how many tweets are sent during the game. If you don’t believe me, check out the facts in today’s infographic.

Whether your team wins or loses, remember to have a good time with your friends tomorrow! I’ll be rooting that no one loses too much money.

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40 Most Notorious Tourist Scams [infographic]

January 31, 2015 |  by  |  Travel  |  8 Comments
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You may not want to spend the few minutes it takes to read today’s infographic. You may think this graphic is lazy, or of poor quality due to the lack of statistical charts and graphs. You’re not completely wrong on that end, but you are making a poor decision if you pass on the information in this graphic.

I’ve watched plenty of scamming shows, read about travel scams, and have been scammed myself. The tricks listed below seem to have a region where they are more prominent. I can tell you every single one of these rackets have happened in every major city across the world. Fooling tourists is easy. When traveling, I don’t know my way around. I don’t know the ‘safe’ parts of the city. I wouldn’t know a fake police officer from a false beggar. Getting taken advantage of in new places is just too easy.

The saying of ‘better safe than sorry’ applies to travel shams way too well. The one way to combat these scams is to educate yourself. Read this entire infographic. Always be thinking about your surroundings while traveling, who you’re speaking to and who is touching you or your things. I know I may sound paranoid, but I’m also not getting tricked. [via]

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The Race To One Billion Dollars: How Fast Tech Companies Grow [infographic]

January 30, 2015 |  by  |  Business, Social Media  |  2 Comments
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Looking at today’s infographic makes me worry. As a tech professional myself, I should understand the power and value behind a user-base. Although, after noticing how slow traditional American power-house brands gained value, I am worried even more about the tech bubble.

Snapchat notoriously denied Facebook’s $3 billion offer when they were only three years old. At age four, Snapchat could possibly be valued at $10 billion. This type of growth would be completely unexplainable to a businessman pre-digital age. “What do they sell?” She’d ask. Well, they sell an incredibly small amount of ad space and also some data they mine about their users. Their yearly revenue is arguably nothing.

“How is that possible?” They’d ask. It is all valued at number of active users. It’s like if Starbucks was to stop charging for coffee. They would not make much money, but their number of customers would skyrocket.

I do still believe there is a tech bubble at the moment. Do I think it is going to burst and drag down the nation’s fastest growing industry? No. The only was I see it going is that fewer college kids will be offered billion dollar buy outs until a most traditional money stream is established. [via]

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