Shadow Economy In The UK GDP [infographic]

October 29, 2014 |  by  |  Business, Finance  |  2 Comments
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The Office Of National Statistics in the United Kingdom has recently decided to add the income produced by drugs and prostitution in the calculation of the GDP. For those who don’t know what the GDP is, here is a short description: It is the total value of all goods and services produced in a country, with the addition of all exports, and the difference of the imports. With this new addition of the “shadow economy,” the GDP will grow significantly.

Illegal drugs and prostitution generate a revenue of a whopping 9.7 billion pounds. This is roughly equal to the money brought in by agriculture. This will boost the overall GDP from 1.57 trillion pounds to 1.59 trillion pounds. The things that factor into this equation are many. For example: when it comes to prostitution, brothels, condoms, and sexy clothing are all considered, as well as the rent paid by prostitutes and pimps. Drugs are calculated by sale of specific drugs such as crack cocaine, powder cocaine, amphetamines and heroin.

Adding the “shadow economy” to the GDP will allow the economy of the black market to influence the overall economy. This means that dirty money can actually create a profound visible effect on the nation as a whole, and could possibly influence future GDP procedures around the world. [Via]

 

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50 Unbelievable Facts About Earth [infographic]

October 28, 2014 |  by  |  Environmental  |  2 Comments
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From the bottom of the ocean to top of the highest mountain, this planet can still surprise us. The Earth has been explored and examined for many years. During those years, a lot of information has been learned. Some of that information is truly unbelievable. This infographic illustrates just a few of those amazing facts.

One of the facts I found most interesting is that a day is not exactly 24 hours long, but it is actually shorter. Another fact is that lighting strikes the earth 8.6 million times in one day. One sad fact is 90 percent of the trash in the oceans is plastic. Remember that the next time you see a plastic bottle on the ground, and pick it up and recycle it.

Finally, there are two interesting facts about the humans that live on this planet. One is that 200,000 people are born every day. The second fact is that two people die every two seconds. This is interesting because this planet has limited resources to sustain an ever-increasing population.

The next time you go outside, look around and see the beauty of this planet. Take in the fresh air, smell the flowers, and walk around the block. Remember that we are the caretakers of this planet, and are responsible for passing it on to the next generation.

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Apps to Make You More Productive [infographic]

October 27, 2014 |  by  |  Internet, Lifestyle, Tech  |  1 Comment
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Let’s face it, for some of us, procrastinating is a way of life. I have always one of those people who works best under pressure or on a short deadline. Unfortunately, this usually leads me to becoming very stressed out, and there have been a few times when I’ve just given up on something I’m working on. It’s not always the best solution, especially when it comes to work projects or school assignments.

If you’re anything like me, some of that time procrastinating is spent on your phone, on your tablet, or on your computer doing things that can usually wait. Fortunately for us in our tech-driven world, there are several applications – 44 to be exact – provided in this infographic that can help make you more productive. (Not sure where this infographic was when I didn’t turn a paper in on time a few weeks ago.)

The apps shown are broken into categories for all your anti-productivity needs. If you have problems keeping track of what you need to complete, maybe you can look into a to-do list app or a project management tool. Or maybe you just have entirely too much to do and need help keeping track of the time you spend on certain tasks. If that sounds familiar, maybe you should download a time management app. There are also applications for helping you stay focused, which could definitely be useful if you procrastinate like I do. One of them can even block certain URLs on your computer while you work on something, and another blocks social media. (I’m looking at you, Facebook.) The list also includes apps for goal tracking, file storage, reminders, and automating things online and mobile.

Basically, there’s a little something for everyone. So don’t worry if you’re a serial procrastinator. Just remember you’re not alone, and luckily for us, there’s an app (or several) for that.

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What to Do if You get Ebola [infographic]

October 26, 2014 |  by  |  Government, Health  |  1 Comment
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This Ebola thing is out of control – and by out of control I mean the fear mongering is. Ebola is not a threat to mainstream America. Our healthcare system is much to advanced to let a real outbreak happen. Sure some isolated events may happen from sickly panicking individuals, but this virus should not garner this much media coverage.

Don’t get me wrong – ebola is a very serious sickness for those nations who aren’t capable of containing their outbreaks. That’s why I’m posting this infographic today. We are a global site and some of our viewers could be affected by this disease. Using logic and simple safety precautions when traveling in west Africa is all one needs to be safe from this virus.

Do take note on the infographic below – if you do know of someone who has these symptoms, be calm and help facilitate the procedures below. [via]

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Myths vs Facts About Chocolate [infographic]

October 25, 2014 |  by  |  Food  |  No Comments
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Eating chocolate is one of the best ways to end a long day. Personally, I like eating a big, milk chocolate candy bar. The sweetness will take away any sour taste left by the day’s activities. I try to eat just one or two bars per week, especially on Fridays. Yes, I have been told eating chocolate is bad for your health; chocolate will rot my teeth and cause acne. These are myths spread by parents to keep children from eating too much chocolate.

One such myth is blaming high cholesterol levels on chocolate. Research has revealed it is not the case, as chocolate increases the good cholesterol. Another myth is that chocolate causes headaches. Again, research has shown there is no link between eating chocolate and getting headaches. Another myth is that chocolate causes weight gain. Eating chocolate in moderation, along with healthy foods and exercise, will not cause weight gain.

Go ahead and eat the slice of chocolate cake or a piece of chocolate candy. Indulge in eating a chocolate candy bar every once in a while. Drink a glass of warm chocolate milk before bedtime to sleep better. Just remember to eat it in moderation and exercise.

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