Words Waiting to be Added to the Oxford English Dictionary [infographic]

September 27, 2013 |  by  |  Education  |  7 Comments
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Words, words, words! A picture says a thousand words, but this picture only says 44 or so. I am personally confused by the word “wag” mentioned in the infographic–a celebrity, girlfriend, or wife? Must that person have a label? I feel like that is a step backwards. “Muffin top” was only used in writing 8 years ago? “Con Artist” is just being added to the dictionary? Am I reading this infographic correctly?

Personally, I still can’t believe that Google Chrome doesn’t recognize “infographic” as a word. Couldn’t there be someone who simply flips a switch that tells my browser that an infographic is a thing that people look at and even read sometimes, and it is not a word that I made up? Currently I have to flip that switch myself, and that is so daunting.

Today’s infographic is kind of interesting, But halfway hard to read. For some reason the designer thought overlapping the text and putting the words upside down would be a good idea for half of the infographic. It is even from a popular and generally credible source, I am disappointed in Wired for allowing such a badly designed graphic on their site. The content is not terrible though, it is interesting that there are so many words that we use that have not been added to the dictionary yet. [via]

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South Carolina [infographic]

September 26, 2013 |  by  |  Travel  |  2 Comments
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I’m writing this post from South Carolina, where I have spent the past week for a cousin’s wedding. Normally I’d be pretty cranky since I’ve spent the past week in a crowded house with over 10 loud and crazy relatives, but because South Carolina is pretty much the best place I’ve ever visited, I don’t mind at all!

The weather has been absolutely amazing, like mid 70′s all day. This is heaven since I’m currently living in South Texas, where the humidity usually overpowers any cold front that might pass by (seriously it was 88 degrees last Christmas). I’m sold on the beautiful weather and lush foliage here in South Carolina and I fully intend on making my way back up here for either graduate school, or a job. With that said, I figured I’d post some South Carolina facts so I can be a good citizen in the future. Today’s infographic gives us some historical facts about this wonderful state. Hopefully you South Carolinians will enjoy it! [via]

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The Life And Times Of Bill Murray [infographic]

September 25, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment  |  1 Comment
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Oh, Bill Murray. What’s not to love about this man?

I don’t think any other actor has ever brought charm and charisma to the big screen quite like Bill Murray. Lost in Translation has always been my go-to movie when I’m feeling melancholy and a little lost. And everything he ever did for Wes Anderson has been beyond brilliant. The man has been in 64 films in over 5 decades and continues to win audiences over to this day. Apparently, he even made it out to my hometown during SXSW in 2010, and found himself at a local bar serving people tequila shots, no matter what they asked for. Bill, could you be any more awesome?

The whole “Bill Murray Party Crashing Tour” may have been a hoax, but there may be some truth in the tale of old Bill sneaking up behind people, covering their eyes, saying, “Guess who,” waiting for them to turn around, and replying “No one will ever believe you.” (At least we can hope it’s true!)

And now for some great lines from a Lost in Translation scene:

Charlotte: I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be.
Bob: You’ll figure that out. The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.

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A Timeline of Schoolyard Sensations [infographic]

September 24, 2013 |  by  |  Recreation  |  2 Comments
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It wasn’t really acing my spelling test or getting a check plus on my homework assignment–though that’s what was relayed to my parents–that made a day in elementary school so great. It wasn’t even the gold star on my star chart or getting chosen for after school safety patrol that made me bounce giddily at the dinner table. The real glamor of elementary school life takes place on the playground. You could guarantee a happy little camper as long as recess included the following: (1) a well fed Tamagochi, (2) my sparkly spider Pog slammer dominating in a game of Pogs, and (3) being chased by my crush until one of us falls and skins our knee.

I hadn’t thought of those simple times in many moons, not until I read this infographic on the history of schoolyard sensations. It’s a serious blast from the past. I know far too many on this list (Chicago Bulls TY Beanie Baby anyone?). Thankfully, I have no idea what Beyblades are. I don’t want to know what Beyblades are.  What would you say the present day schoolyard sensation is? The iPhone 5s? [via]

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Smoking Timeline [Infographic]

September 23, 2013 |  by  |  Health  |  1 Comment
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To quit smoking cigarettes may seem like a simple goal for some people, but as many smokers know (myself included), it’s easy enough to talk about quitting cigarettes, but actually doing so can be much more difficult. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to quit more than once, and while I know that quitting for good might be rough, it will be worth it. It may take a few hard weeks to fully kick the habit, but once it’s done the health benefits are completely worth the struggle (and that’s what’s most important, right?).

Today’s infographic gives us a look at both the short term and long term benefits of putting down cigarettes permanently. Benefits start kicking in as early as 20 minutes, with blood pressure, body temperature and pulse rates going back to normal. A few more months down the line and you’re starting to breathe easier and don’t get winded as often during physical activity. That’s just the beginning, too: risk of deadly disease drops significantly after a few short years of non-smoking, and that’s something worth considering.

For more info on some of many good reasons to quit smoking, have a look at the infographic below. [Via]

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