Stale bread — we’ve all been there. You know you’ve munched on a doughy, delicious new loaf, but somehow in the excitement you accidentally left the bread out, unsealed and on the counter overnight. The next morning it’s as hard as a rock. Its warm doughy goodness may now be a distant memory, but don’t throw it out yet! Today’s infographic informs us that you can re-purpose and even rejuvenate your stale bread.
To revive it, you can place it in the oven, at three hundred degrees, in a damp paper bag and bake it for three minutes. And wah-lah! Soft bread.
Day old bread is also usable in many tasty recipes. French toast, bruschetta, bread pudding, French onion soup, stuffing, and you can even use it to make a mean grilled cheese.
And think of your devoted canine companion — he would definitely enjoy some stale bread treats. Today’s infographic gives us a recipe just for man’s best friend!
But if stale bread just isn’t your thing, here are some tips for making your bread last: don’t keep it in the fridge (I was shocked to hear this) wrap it in a cloth napkin or towel, then store it in a bread box or in a paper bag on the counter. If you won’t use it all in 2-3 days, freeze a portion of it in an air-tight plastic bag and it should be good for up to six months.
Bread lovers rejoice! And check out the graphic below. [Via]
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I’m a painfully lazy person. I love the idea of being an expert in a given field but I find I just don’t have the motivation to truly try to master one. I’ve purchased an electric keyboard, paint supplies, calligraphy pens, and a sewing kit among other things over the years. I worked diligently and tirelessly with each of those items for a span of about 48 hours before promptly renouncing the activity altogether. Obviously, I understand that it’s irrational to try to become proficient and highly skilled at anything immediately but I have a bad habit of losing interest with anything I’m not instantly great at.
I have a feeling that’s a pretty relatable sentiment because according to this infographic and a commonly accepted rule of thumb, it takes a total of 10,000 hours to become an expert at a given task. Who has that kind of time? I’ve got stuff to do. No, really. My laundry pile is ridiculous. I have a top I need to return to Target. I should probably watch Arrested Development all the way through on Netflix for the fourth time… Anyway the point is, becoming good at things is hard. Just ask Bill Gates or The Beatles. Those are the examples given for the concept of “practice makes perfect” in this infographic. Though to be fair, I’m pretty sure there was an impressive level of natural ability in both those cases. Despite that, there is no doubt that hard-work and practice played huge roles in the iconic levels of success both those entities achieved. So do something productive today! Learn a new skill or work on something you let fall away awhile ago, because well-rounded, skillful, interesting people are super cool.
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Let’s just pretend that there aren’t already enough not wholly accurate metaphors that describe the college experience and try to entertain this one: getting your degree is like walking a tight rope with a beer in one hand and coffee in the other. Even if you don’t drink and aren’t that keen on coffee. Well you really don’t even have to be a college student either. The point I’m trying to make here is that there is a delicate balance concerning when to relax and when to get down to business.
This raises some interesting questions though. With the knowledge that we have about drugs like alcohol and caffeine, despite their drawbacks it seems that there is supposedly a way to responsibly maximize their benefits. If that’s true then it makes you wonder, are we missing our full potential by not taking the right drugs at the right time?
Well it would seem that way in theory, but there are plenty of people who are doing great things without the help. Then you have someone like Charles Bukowski. He was featured in an infographic last week about sleep habits and productivity. While being the latest to wake up every morning at noon (which even that seems a little early for him) he was also one of the more productive writers and a very committed alcoholic. There is a natural tension and release in life that can be intensified by drug use, but whether or not this is conducive to a more fruitful lifestyle is a very difficult question.
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I’ve loved Rhinos ever since I was a kid. They seem so ancient-looking with their colossal size, tough skin and magnificent horns. Also, Beast Wars was a thing for me (and Rhinox was pretty awesome). They are such powerhouse animals that, if it weren’t for us, they wouldn’t have any real predators. This fact alone makes it incredibly sad that recent human activity (and human activity alone) has been affecting the Rhino populations around the world at an alarming rate in just the last few years.
In the last 10 years alone, there has been a dramatic increase of Rhino poaching resulting in 2 Rhino subspecies having become extinct (Black Rhino in 2011 and the Javan Rhino in 2010). This is absolutely disgusting. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were almost 500,000 Rhinos. Now there are only 29,000 in the whole world. Before 1977, there weren’t any sort of regulations on killing these animals. Now, almost 45 years after CITES banned selling Rhino parts globally, the bloodshed has been increasing.
It’s not easy information to digest, but it’s important to be aware of our animal populations – what happens when we have no more Rhinos in the world? What repercussions will arise from this? If you would like to support the Rhinos please go to this site http://www.stoprhinopoaching.org/ and make your voice be heard.
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Have you ever spent hours searching Google (or any other search engine for that matter) for documents, articles, or information you desperately needed for that research paper you have due soon? With thousands of results in a matter of seconds, trying to find worthy, citable information can be a challenge. And if you’re anything like me, you waited until the last minute to start your paper and since it’s now crunch time, that precious hour should not be spent looking through search engines.
The secret to a good Google search lies in the wording. I must admit that I am guilty of typing questions into Google all the time. It’s my go-to method for getting the information I want. Naturally, this handy infographic tells me that phrasing searches as questions is not the best method. Awesome. Another really useful tip? The unit converter. I use that function a lot. It’s a huge lifesaver if you don’t know the conversions off the top of your head.
Although this infographic shows tips and tricks for students conducting online research, you don’t have to be a student to take advantage of the help it offers. Anybody who uses Google – the most popular search engine as of Feb. 1 – can utilize this information to help them with their daily searches. [via]