Ice Cream Country [infographic]

July 9, 2013 |  by  |  Food, Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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I live in Texas, and it is July. That means triple digit temperatures.  During the coming months, Texans gladly spend double on their electric bill, avoid getting in a vehicle for fear of melting, and require swimming pools be present at any daytime activities.

Now, if you give a Texan a swimming pool, he’s gonna want some ice cream immediately afterwards.  Don’t question this statement; it is a proven scientific fact.  I see the shift take place every summer; the level of ice cream consumption in Austin skyrockets.  Everywhere you turn kids are wiping tears away with their sticky fingers over a toppled ice cream cone.  I get it.  I would cry too if I had as little dexterity as they do.  Ice cream is a big deal.  Just yesterday I traded in my running shoes for a chocolate dipped soft serve at Sandy’s.

Speaking of ice cream, this infographic really spoke to me, recognizing not just one, but two Texas cities in the “Top Ten U.S. Ice Cream Consuming Cities.”  The only qualm I have with this infographic is that Blue Bell Creamery is missing.  For those of you out there that haven’t tasted the goodness of Blue Bell homemade ice cream, it’s time to put it on the bucket list. [via]

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What is the Cost of Mining Gold? [Infographic]

July 8, 2013 |  by  |  Business, Marketing  |  2 Comments
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There are plenty of (overly) expensive things that Americans can spend their money on these days, but it may surprise you to learn that a certain precious metal we often consider a luxury can actually be purchased cheaper here in America than almost anywhere else in the world: that’s right, gold. Out of all of the planet’s gold mines, the top 50 produce more than one third of the entire world’s gold supply, and 12 out of those 50 are located in North America. The only continent that has more “top 50″ mines is Africa, and the price per ounce of gold there ($957/oz.) is almost double the price in North America ($598/oz.).

Today’s infographic from Business Insider gives us a closer look at the costs that go into mining humanity’s favorite yellow ore, how rare it is and how it is faring in today’s modern economy. Concerning the rarity of gold, almost 10 tons of earth has to be shifted and moved in order to sort out just one ounce (about a golf ball) of gold. There’s quite a bit of heavy work involved there.

For more info on the price and cost of gold have a look at the graphic below. [Via]

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E-Waste Saved from Landfills in 2012 [infographic]

July 7, 2013 |  by  |  Environmental, Tech  |  1 Comment
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It seems like these days we are always trying to find ways to be less wasteful. Recycling paper waste, glass, and plastics has become second-nature; we turn off a light every time we leave a room; and some of us have even started composting what we don’t eat. Hooray for our environmentally conscious efforts!

And according to today’s infographic, it seems that we have even found a way to save our electronics from ending up in landfills. Our electronic scraps may contain toxic substances such as lead and mercury, that could drain into our soil and water. By finding ways to reuse and recycle electronic technology, instead of allowing it to break down in a landfill, we may be able to save ourselves and our Earth from too much exposure to these harmful chemicals.

Along with conserving our resources, thanks to recycling, jobs have been created as the need for eCycling has grown. Professional recyclers and refurbishers have emerged as a new job market.

And you also get the benefit of helping others. Many people can’t afford the luxury of buying brand new electronics. By donating your unwanted piece of technology, you have the oppurtunity to help out yours and surrounding communities.

So, keep up the e-waste recycling! We saved almost four million pounds of e-waste from landfills last year, and this year we have the potential to recycle even more! [Network Hardware Resale]

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Zombie Apocalypse: How to Soup Up Your Jeep [Infographic]

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I know the new season of The Walking Dead isn’t set to air for another few months or so, but in spirit of the new found “zombie” craze hitting America, let me ask you one question: When people start turning into blood-thirsty, fleash-eating mongrels, would you rather be driving a lackluster 4-door sedan or a bad@$$ souped up Jeep as your getaway car? I think the answer is easy: the Jeep.

Whether you’re looking to get your car “zombie-ready” when Z-day hits, or you just want to upgrade your ride for fun, Jeep has all the necessary parts you will need. From durable tires, to impenetrable hard top covers, Jeep parts will keep you safe from those flesh-eating undead that have come to haunt your dreams.

Additionally, Jeep offers spare Jerry gas containers and heavy-duty roof racks in case you run out of gas on your way to grandma’s house for dinner, or if you are running from zombies.

With that being said, here is a quick guide on how to soup up your car so that it will be ready for any problems headed your way (post-apocalyptic or not).

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786 Known Planets to Scale [infographic]

July 5, 2013 |  by  |  Education  |  No Comments
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Guess what! The sun doesn’t revolve around us, we actually revolve around it. And there are millions of other suns with rocks orbiting them. There are an astronomical number of planets in the universe; we are just one of those. All of these planets have completely different atmospheres, and physical make-ups.

Do you know what it is like to live on Venus? Well, first off it’s extremely hot, even hotter than Mercury, which is closer to the sun. Venus is 840 degrees Fahrenheit–not a good place for a summer vacation. But if you do happen to visit Venus, be prepared for the very high pressure. The pressure on Venus is equivalent to 2,700 feet below the ocean. I’m pretty sure standing is not an activity practiced by Venusians.

Well, now that you’re are sweating your face off and lying on the ground because that is the only thing you can do in the current state of your surroundings, a little refreshing rain starts to fall. How nice? NOT. The clouds surrounding Venus are made up of sulfur dioxide and droplets of sulfuric acid. This “refreshing rain” that is falling on you is actually acid, and is deteriorating your body.

As you can see, Venus is the most brutal planet ever. But that is not true! Every planet has a unique build up that is completely fatal to anyone from Earth.
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