Top 10 Deadliest Animals In The World [infographic]

January 5, 2014 |  by  |  Animals  |  9 Comments
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It can often only take one episode of Monsters Inside Me to give up traveling. What many don’t realize is that the danger doesn’t really come from parasites or things unseen, but rather the very popular animals that cartoons have made us adore.

What is surprising to me is that the hippopotamus is so dangerous. Although only found in Africa, they kill close to 3,000 people annually. The Lion King never showed how vicious they are. It wasn’t until one of the earlier episodes of river monsters that I realized just how colossal these animals are.

I have never seen a grizzly bear in person but I know they are cute. If I did see one while I was out, I am pretty sure I would be the type to hang around it for a just a little too long. Unfortunately for me, and many others, grizzly bears are the deadliest animals in North America. Of course that is excluding the real killer: Mosquitos.

Mosquitos are responsible for the deaths of over 1 million people world wide annually. With the exception of crocodiles, mosquitos are the animals most frequently found anywhere in the world. Personally, and this probably rings true for most, mosquitos are really freaking scary. You can’t really stop them from going anywhere. They are light enough that you usually do not feel them land on you. They carry the blood of another person as they fly. This infographic gives light to the deadliest animal, but also the scariest too… Mosquitos! [via]

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Anatomy Of A Backpacker [infographic]

January 4, 2014 |  by  |  Recreation  |  2 Comments
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What is this place we’re living in? Society, I guess that’s what they’re calling it these days. I call it the social prison, man. We are, like, animals, caged within the concrete jungle, viciously tearing at each others’ throats for that next promotion.

It’s a conspiracy, man. They’re trying to turn us into robots. I know; I read something about it once. One of my friends knows a lot about it. The government, man. It’s time we pack our bags and hit the road. It’s time for us to shake these business suits and stubborn shells we call our “place in the world” and go back to the way things are supposed to be, man. Like, seriously, we were meant to live in the wilderness, and eat raw meat, and make fire from rocks, and fight larger animals. It’s the way of life, dude.

So first things first. Grab the hiking backpacks from the garage. We’ll need a tent, for sure a knife, insect repellent, a flash light, bear spray, uh, what else? I guess we might need some water. And, uh, oh yeah! Grab my sunglasses from the counter! I can’t leave without them. Do we still have that first aid kit in the bathroom? What’s the expiration date? Oh, ok, throw it away… Also, grab my hiking boots, please? I thought they were in your room… Shoot, I guess we’ll have to buy some then. How much money do we have? We only have $17? Man, what a drag. I wish the government didn’t take all my money…

Oh well, check out this infographic I found, dude. [via]

 

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Top Grossing Foreign Films of All Time [infographic]

January 3, 2014 |  by  |  Entertainment, Movies  |  1 Comment
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In the mood for a movie? But not necessarily with an English speaker’s perspective? Check out today’s infographic on the top grossing foreign films of all time.

The design of this infographic is particularly pleasing, I mean who doesn’t love popcorn? And my favorite film on this list, by far, would have to be Amelie, the tale of an odd-ball french girl who falls in love, and makes a game out of getting to know her love interest. And if you’re looking for something just as imaginative, but a little creepier, check out Pan’s Labyrinth. This story incorporates the real world with a mythical one and is based on a highly vegetated labyrinth, a faun creature, and a little girl; Life is Beautiful is another great movie, a heart-wrenching but also heart-warming film about a boy, his father, and a Nazi concentration camp.

Foreign films can make you feel like you’re traveling in another country, seeing different lands, and hearing different languages without being a tourist. Subtitles may be a little annoying at first, but most people are able to get over them after the first ten minutes of the movie.

So, break out the popcorn, and make sure to view one of the films listed in the graphic below. [Via]

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High Cholesterol [infographic]

January 2, 2014 |  by  |  Health  |  No Comments
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After constant nagging from my mother, I reluctantly made a trip to the doctor over this holiday weekend. My frequent bruising and fatigue had her worried that I was suffering from something that a simple over the counter medication could not resolve. Thankfully, nothing was wrong, I just bruise easily.

HOWEVER, I did find that out that I, a 22 year old vegetarian runner, have high cholesterol. Not kind of high, like really high, at least 45 points over the allotted maximum amount. While my current over-consumption of sinfully delicious foods over the Christmas holidays is probably the culprit for the spike in my cholesterol; it’s a scary to realize that high cholesterol is something I might end up struggling with, regardless of my healthy lifestyle.

According to today’s infographic, nearly 1 out of 6 adults has high cholesterol. That is a surprisingly large amount, and I bet many people don’t even know it — I know I didn’t. If possible, go for a check-up with your physician. Detecting high cholesterol early may delay a heart attack later on in life. [via]

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Good Luck Food [infographic]

January 1, 2014 |  by  |  Food, Health  |  No Comments
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Happy New Year’s, everyone!

Hopefully you’re in good spirits and not nursing too bad of a hangover. But even if you are, today’s infographic may make you feel better. In my family we always eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck, and apparently cultures all over the world have their own lucky foods.

“Long-Life” Noodles are typically eaten in a stir-fry — the noodles aren’t broken or shortened, which signifies longevity; pigs are a symbol of progress in some cultures, apparently because they “never move backward” so pork is a popular New Year’s treat; round fruits are eaten in the Philippines – it’s customary to eat thirteen – Europe, and the U.S. eat twelve (as a representation of the months in a year); pomegranates are good luck in Turkey because of their red color and their resemblance to the human heart – which denotes life and fertility; and leafy greens are eaten in the coastal American South as well as Europe – which includes kale, collards, and cabbage – because of their color and consistency, which is reminiscent of paper cash. And just like cash, the more you have (or in this case eat) the more prosperous you’ll be (and probably healthier!)

Check out these popular New Years foods and try out a new recipe. It might just bring you good luck! [Via]

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