Choose Your Own Mediterranean Adventure [infographic]

July 2, 2014 |  by  |  Travel  |  No Comments
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Everyone loves traveling. Anyone who says that they don’t is just too scared. Almost everyone loves to relax, see new things, learn, and adventure! Lucky for those less fortunate, scared people, they have the Travel Channel, books, and stories from their brave, rich and annoying celebrities.

Watch out all who are prone to jealousy: people can be a travel talker. Maybe the one who is into adventure traveled to Europe, swam the English Channel and won’t shut up about how they drank so much salt water, their mouth bled. What about the narcissistic showoff who bought a whole new wardrobe in Milan; one may never stop hearing about how expensive their new ascot was. Perhaps a know-it-all who now believes they can run a country because of all the information they learned on their guided tour of the Roman Colosseum. Better yet, the friend who is convinced that time is not an issue in other countries, and that everyone is much more relaxed everywhere else, and “you should really take a vacation”.

One can only hope to have a friend with a family who arrives home from their vacation, kisses the ground and complains about how terrible traveling is. This person will surely reassure those that eating Cheetos in front of a television is a fine way to spend free time.

Maybe these types of people just haven’t been to the Mediterranean. A wonderland full of clear water, ridiculously good food, wine that bleeds good taste, and entertainment in every city So which kind of traveler will you be one day? Pick your destination carefully.
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How to Spend Smart [infographic]

July 1, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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Spending money is a heck of a lot easier than saving money. If you’re anything like me, it might be because you spend money a little too frivolously. It doesn’t help that I live in a college town. (Can you say 1 a.m. pizza delivery?) I’ve come to realize that I need to start spending smarter if I have any hopes of paying off my debts.

I’m not alone, though. The average American has $2,200 in credit card debt. Until recently, I was a part of that average. I finally was able to pay off my credit card debts, only to be faced with a massive amount of college debt. In fact, the average debt for a four-year college graduate with student loans is approximately $25,000.

Although the numbers might seem intimidating, it is possible to make small changes to your spending habits to help manage your money for a better financial future. The infographic below provides several things you can try if you want to learn how to spend smart. Based on my recent experiences, knowing how much money is in your accounts is really important. Something else that’s always helped me is transferring money needed for bills out of my primary checking account, so there’s no possible way to spend it. Not all of these tips will help everyone, but trying one or two can’t possibly make your spending habits worse, right?

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How to Survive the 2014 FIFA World Cup [infographic]

June 30, 2014 |  by  |  Sports, Travel  |  No Comments
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FIFA fever is strong here in Austin, Texas – blaring on almost every functioning television. Heck, we have it playing on Univision all day where I work! I’ve never considered myself a soccer fan (takes too long for the teams to score), but even I’ve hopped on the FIFA bandwagon and found myself meeting friends at bars to watch the anticipated games. For those of us outside of the hustle and bustle of Brazil, the FIFA World Cup in Sao Paulo seems like a THE place to be right now. However, there are some troubling aspects to Sao Paulo that might want to make you reconsider hopping on a plane and jetting over to the epicenter of the World Cup.

According to today’s infographic, if you’re visiting Brazil, you most likely won’t run into any problems. However, you must remember that Brazil probably isn’t as safe as your home country. Brazil has one of the world’s highest murder rates, not to mention the riots and protests that have erupted since before the games even started. In addition to that, Dengue fever is currently running rampant throughout Brazil, with 1.4 million reported cases in 2013. Don’t let my grim statistics detour you from enjoying yourselves at this year’s World Cup. If you stay alert follow the helpful tips in today’s infographic, you should arrive back to your homeland alive, and well enough to tell anyone who will listen about the amazing time you had at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. [via]

 

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White Guy Dance Moves [infographic]

June 30, 2014 |  by  |  Funny  |  No Comments
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I… am a white guy. My dance moves… are sub-par, yet iconic. In fact, my skills on the dance floor are so iconic, I was able to find an infographic teaching you how to do them, so that you may get the enviable chance to feel just what it’s like to be a white guy *cough* (loser).  So, find a pair of 80′s style sneakers, and let’s cut footloose!

Before we begin our first move, it is of utmost importance that you understand when performing these moves, you mustn’t execute them exactly as described. This will bring the “white guy” element you’re searching for, and if the moves themselves don’t deter others from dancing near you, by God, not performing them correctly will, and that’s all you’re really trying to do in the first place. It is equally important that you only choose three moves from the prescribed list to perform throughout the night. You want people to see just how much of a white guy you are, so choose your favorite moves and don’t stop alternating through them. And in fact, just don’t stop dancing at all. Just use those three moves as often as you can for the entirety of the night, and you’re guaranteed to repel all attractive people there.

A good starting point is The Sprinkler. It’s a classic, and you can’t go wrong with it if you’re a beginner. The Sprinkler also segways nicely into The Running Man. This transition will establish you as the white guy of the party, but you’re not in the clear yet. You see, there’s still hope that you might just be someone goofing around. So I urge you to end with The Baconator, an explosive burst of ridiculousness that’s sure to leave the crowd not wanting more.

So good luck to you, my fellow white guys. I hope to not see you at the next get-together. [via]

 

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Old Book Smell Explained! [Infographic]

June 29, 2014 |  by  |  Mind-Blowing  |  No Comments
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Have you ever picked up an old book? Say, a book from the seventies? Or older? Have you ever noticed that these books have a peculiar smell? I personally love that smell. It’s like a combination of pipe tobacco, grass and vanilla. I remember borrowing my mom’s 1970′s paperback copy of Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. Even though the book eventually split in half from my absent-minded rough handling of it, I always loved opening up that book and feeling that aroma take over as I grokked about the story of Valentine Smith. (P.S. if you have no idea what I’m talking about, you need to read this book – old pages or not). But what makes a book smell so distinct with age?

Well turns out, science has something to do with it. Andy Brunning, a British chemistry teacher, runs a blog where he posts infographics on the science behind everyday chemical reactions. His explanation for the infamous “old book smell” lies within the organic compounds that are created by the breakdown of cellulose and lignin within the pages. The infographic explains the odor of new books as well as old, in a nice and neat format. Check out the via link below to check out his website!

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