At a quick glance, a lower age of consent for sex seems to correlates somewhat with lower teen pregnancy rates. A close look at the developed parts of the world will show that it is actually sex education and access to contraception which attributes to lowered pregnancy rates. The first-world-countries with lower ages of consent usually have a more rigorous standard for healthy sex education and contraception access.
Looking at countries like China and India throws us for a loop though. With similar populations and geographic placement their pregnancy rates couldn’t be more different. China has had stringent one-child-policies for a while now. This lead to the unfortunate increase in abortions of female fetuses. China’s policies and attitudes are changing for the better now – and they’re able to keep teen pregnancy at bay as well. India on the other-hand has had extreme population booms the last few decades much attributed to the lack of sex education and contraception for small village populations.
The USA isn’t much better – our age of consent varies state by state. Sometimes as low as 14 years of age, other 18. Our sex education and contraception access also varies drastically across state lines. Some states have almost outright abandoned abortion access, and supply no help for young women on contraception costs.
What today’s infographic does tell us is that teen pregnancy is a health hazard for both mother and child. Access to education and medicine are crucial to keep women healthy no matter their county’s poverty level. [Via]
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Christmas – a time for love and laughter, family and friends, food and good times, holiday music and movies, and of course, presents. Whether you asked for money, clothing or the newest gadget, your wishes contributed to the average American spending $781 on Christmas gifts.
I spent more money on gifts this year than ever before, and I’m not sure how it happened. If there is one thing I love most about the holidays, it’s putting thought into homemade or personalized gifts. Granted, I might be that relative you get frustrated with for giving you yet another handmade present instead of that Target gift card you wanted. But I speak for the homemade gift-givers when I say that so much love and time went into that present, so treasure it.
Anyway, let’s get back to the cold, hard Christmas facts. Did you know that American farmers harvest 17 million Christmas trees each year? I can’t even wrap my brain around that fact. No wonder I have such bad allergies in the winter. As for holiday entertainment, it’s no surprise that How the Grinch Stole Christmas is everyone’s all-time favorite movie. What I never expected was that Kenny G’s holiday album would top the list. What are your favorites? Do they appear on this infographic? If your favorite movie isn’t here, check out this list of holiday movies, and snuggle with someone special to watch a few before the season is over.
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With all the stress and chaos of last minute Christmas shopping, it’s easy to mistake overly enticing, too-good-to-be-true online scams for the perfect last minute holiday gift. Common holiday season scams such as free e-gift cards, travel scams, and fake charities top this season’s list of online Christmas hoaxes.
Today’s infographic says that “70% of Americans plan on shopping online” this holiday season, creating an increasingly lucrative market for Internet scammers to capitalize on. Additionally, of that 70 percent, almost 1/4 of them will be doing that shopping on a mobile device. Therefore, it has become increasingly necessary for online shoppers to be wary of these malicious attempts of fraud that have the potential of ruining your holiday season.
According to enigmasoftware.com, holiday season ads like these “exist to collect your personal information and flood you with spam messages.” The best way to avoid being exposed to scams like these is to buy gifts or gift cards directly from retailers themselves or to “only shop at trusted and well-known e-commerce sites.” So, although that 50-percent-off iPad advertisement in your social media sidebar (that you expediently dismiss at other times of the year) may seem tempting while browsing the Internet for holiday gift ideas, do not be fooled. Check out today’s infographic to learn more about this year’s 12 online holiday scams to avoid. [via]
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Jingle bells, Batman smells, Charles Dickens paved the way for serial writers to become popular, awesome people, yeeeaaaaaaaahhhh. That’s my favorite Christmas carol. But seriously, Dickens was a visionary, and not to mention totally hip. His work, A Christmas Carol, is basically the most famous Christmas story of all time. I mean, it invented the holiday. Before that, we only had a baby and some kings under a star. And then there was Santy Klaus. But now… Now, we have ghosts. Not only that – we have time traveling ghosts. Ghosts that will make a nice man of the meanest.
This story has been adapted into 28 different films and musicals. Heck, even mimes took a crack at it. (Random thought: Are mimes allowed to write? Because if they were, wouldn’t that defeat the purpose?) Ol’ Charlie Dickens was a monster too. He’d git up thur on dat stage after suckin’ down a couple swigs of gin ‘n juice, and perform his stuff the right way. AND he was a one man company. He would publish, print, bind, and advertise all of his works ALL BY HIMSELF. However, it was all fun and games with this scoundrel. Apparently, he was a bit of jerk. Some of the stuff he wrote totally hated on Jews. He also left his wife for some dumb, young actress. Nevertheless, his story of holiday cheer will forever bring joy and thanksgiving to all of western civilization! Cheers, Charles! [TheOnSwitch]
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Typography is a big deal. Whether you’re looking for the perfect fonts to use in a resume, or trying to decide which contrasting fonts will work together for an advertising campaign, the right typography can convey many different messages. I’ve been focusing on typography recently when it comes to art projects. (I like to paint quotes on canvas, and give them as gifts.)
Seriously though, when it comes to all types of design projects, the wrong font can ruin the whole thing. Believe me, if you’re still using Comic Sans, no one is going to take you seriously. The good news is that many people understand the importance of the fonts you choose, and some of those kind souls come up with handy tips to help out when you’re stuck in a rut. Looking for ways to ‘wow’ them with your resume? Start by experimenting with typography techniques. Choose contrasting fonts, but never more than two. Try combining a serif font with a sans-serif font, or vice versa. You’d be surprised how using two different fonts can spice up even the simplest of documents.
And if these 10 commandments aren’t enough for you, check out this infographic for even more help.
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