Flappy Bird: A Legend In Its Own Time [Infographic]

March 5, 2014 |  by  |  Funny, Gaming  |  No Comments
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I love video games, everyone loves video games. If you don’t love video games, you’re a loser. It’s very simple. Don’t think about it, just accept what I say.

Over the years I’ve racked up some high scores that are nothing to sneeze at. I once got over 200k points on Galaga, one of my plays on Words With Friends landed me almost 300 points — these feats have earned me respect, and honor from men as well as desire and longing from women. However, there is one high score that is not honorable, not desirable — that is my Flappy Bird high score — it’s six. Yes, six.

After 3 hours, and nearly getting thrown out by my roommates for punching two holes in my wall, I gave up. Six would be my score. But upon reading the inter webs about this ‘Flappy Bird’ I realized I wasn’t alone. People claim it’s the hardest game ever made. They say it was designed to be impossible, and that high scores were produced by bots to help promote the game. So what is it? Is Dong Nguyen — the games creator — the most successful internet troll of all time or simply the worst game designer of all time? And why did he remove the game from iOS App Store and Google Play?

These are not questions that should be entertained, they lead only to frustration and hate. However, maybe the one good thing that came from all this is that some people are apparently selling their Flappy-Bird-loaded phones for a shit ton of money. There is a story circulating that a phone with Flappy Bird sold on Ebay for $94k! A glance at the Austin Craiglist will show listings for phones starting at around $2000. There are even people making fake Flappy Bird apps, so that they can sell the phones to unsuspecting buyers. Let me reiterate that: people are making FAKE versions of a crappy, poorly-designed game, TO MAKE MONEY. Wha..?

At the end of the day, Flappy Bird sucks. It’s a horrible, black-hole of despair masquerading as a smartphone app. Some people are somehow making thousands of dollars off of this life-ruiner. Good for them I guess. For those of you who never played the game — you dodged a bullet. I mean, how important is money really? You never had to experience a level of sucking at a game that you never imagined possible. So let’s all move on with our lives, and be happy…

Or you could play a flash version of Flappy Bird (they exist, Google is a useful tool) and test your capacity for hate. You decide. [Via]

 

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24 Hours of Sunsets [infographic]

March 4, 2014 |  by  |  Recreation, Travel  |  1 Comment
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If there is one thing I love more than looking at the stars at night in Texas, it’s watching the sunset. I’ve seen a lot of gorgeous sunsets in my life, but seeing it in the Hill Country is by far one of the greatest experiences ever. I can remember sitting in the back of a pickup truck with my high school friends, talking about anything and everything while watching the sunset. It’s hard to think about all the negative things going on in your life when you just stop and take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the setting sun.

For those of you who don’t know, GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time and it is the basis of every world time zone. There’s even a pretty great website that lets you compare GMT with a destination closer to where you live. For those of you in Texas like me, you can figure out our time – which is mostly Central Standard Time (CST) – by subtracting six hours from the GMT. According to that same website, GMT has been around since 1884 and is measured from the Greenwich Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England. (I bet you didn’t think I could use Greenwich that many times in one sentence.)

I haven’t been to many of the places on this list, but after seeing these spectacular pictures, my travel bucket list just got a whole lot longer. Maybe I’ll even find some nice stranger to watch the sunset with me. Who knows? [via]

 

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12 Myths About Sex [infographic]

March 4, 2014 |  by  |  Health  |  4 Comments
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Alright everyone, it’s time that we put all of that high school locker room hearsay to rest. Admittedly, I learned quite a lot from this infographic. At first I took it as a reflection of my own naivety before realizing that this infographic was made for a reason. These are common misconceptions that nobody really talks about because we’re afraid to admit that our sex lives do not live up to the glorified model of performance that has positioned itself as the norm.

So it turns out that all the amazing feats performed by those vigorous studs and voluptuous babes that we’ve all seen in those videos are just a fantasy. Not only that, but statistically a woman would be more attracted to you if you have a steady job and can make her laugh than if she heard those rumors about your big dimensions and that nuclear fusion reactor of stamina you got. There’s a large spectrum of sexual “achievement” out there and many false impressions on where the average person sits on this spectrum. Despite all of this, it doesn’t seem like anyone is enjoying sex any less though. So, what difference do the numbers make?

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The History Of Smoking [Infographic]

March 3, 2014 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Smoking tobacco has had a long and interesting history in our society. As popular as it has been for the last 5 centuries, the product is not without controversy.

First used by the Native Americans, it was quickly snatched up by Spanish colonists (1492) in order to propagate it’s splendor in the European nations. This commodity was soon adopted around the world as a social substance and in some cases as a symbol of class (snuff was used by Charles II and the French court by the 1660s). Manufacturing of tobacco began in Seville, Spain and then later in Virginia, increasing the readily available nature of the product.

Tobacco’s first enemy was found in 1830. The U.S. temperance movement created the first anti-tobacco association along with the Progressive movement’s other encouragements against drugs, alcohol, and other detriments to hygiene. Despite this, tobacco was still very popular and was even encouraged during wartime — cigarettes were included as rations during World War I and II.

It wasn’t until well into the 20th century that the link between smoking and cancer became absolutely clear. With this information, the image of tobacco changed. Larger warnings on cigarette packs were suddenly demanded, smoking was declared a cause of death, and devices like the nicotine patch and e-cigarettes were invented to create less dependence on the product.

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Top Ten Causes of Death in the United States [infographic]

March 2, 2014 |  by  |  Food, Health, Lifestyle  |  3 Comments
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Death is something that we will all face at some point. When we’ll have to stare death in the face is a mystery. What is not a mystery, is what we can do to help us make sure we bring ourselves as close as we can get to coming to death on our own terms. We gotta stay healthy folks!

Diseases are on the rise and the causes are debatable. The most alarming piece of information is that the diseases that are highest on the list are the ones that do not typically occur in nature. It can be absolutely true that heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s could occur in nature — but it’s not likely.

Many of us are not as active or even eat as healthy as we should. Studies say all it takes is about 30 minutes a day of exercise to keep our hearts healthy. It can be tough fitting extra things into our schedules. But wouldn’t it be worth it to have healthier days with the people you love, doing the things you love to do?

Your health, for the most part, is in your hands. The lifestyle we live will have impacts on the life we have down the road and influence lives around us. We can maintain our health and use our habits to increase awareness for healthy living for those around us. [via]

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