Here in the US, gambling is more of a holiday affair. Most of us must travel hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles to find a legal casino. Gaming online also isn’t a viable option, and an 8-hour drive to the closest American Indian Reserve’s casino beats out the iGambling option.
However, in the UK, gambling is more of a leisure activity, and is a much more commonly accepted practice. Instead of flying to Las Vegas for a weekend, binge gambling, blowing through thousands of dollars and not sleeping for three days, our friends across the pond can gamble from their smartphone, or even their telly. Gaming in the UK is less threatening and akin to having a cold beer after work, compared to American’s binge drinking.
Today’s infographic shows the performance of UK gamblers using Smart Live Gaming, one of the larger online casinos. According to the statistics, a 42-year-old woman from Liverpool is going to be the best player at the table. Why is that? For some reason, Liverpool outperforms most cities, even London. Women tend to make 5 percent better winnings than men, and 40-44 year olds best all other age groups by a good margin.
Maybe gambling culture will change for the better in the states one day. Until then, I know my next holiday may involve some Blackjack in Liverpool. [Smart Live Gaming]
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With the first week of the NFL football season over with, it is now official: football is back in full swing. I don’t know about you, but my Sundays for the next four months just shifted from relaxing, study-packed days of productivity to hours of beer drinking, loud noises, and fights for the table closest to the biggest TV at the bar! The worst part? I couldn’t be happier.
So, what better way to celebrate the arrival of 2014′s NFL season with an infographic dedicated to the history of the original 14 NFL teams?! In 1920, the American Professional Football Association - the prelude and origin of what we now know as the National Football League - was founded by Jim Thorpe during a meeting at a local Canton, Ohio, car dealership. Of those original 14 teams, only 10 teams lasted longer than five years, and two of them (the Chicago Tigers and Cleveland Indians) remained in existence for only one year, before folding out on their deals. It wasn’t all for nothing, though. Two of Jim Thorpe’s original 14 teams are still in existence in today’s NFL – the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals were originally established in 1898 in Chicago, before changing locations to Phoenix in 1921. Coincidentally, the Bears replaced the Cardinals in Chicago, after moving from Decatur, Ohio, at the beginning of the 1921 season.
Result? Chicago is the breeding grounds of the two oldest NFL franchises active in the league today. Now I get why Chris Farley was so passionate about “da Bears, da Bears, da Bears” on SNL way back when…
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It seems like everyone has been talking about the importance of vitamins recently, or maybe it’s just me. At any rate, every time I go to the grocery store and stand in the vitamin aisle, I’m overwhelmed with choices. I stand there for way too long, not knowing what vitamins I really need, or what they’ll do for my body. Usually, I end up leaving with some sort of multivitamin.
I do know that vitamins in pill form are not the best solution. As with most nutrients, it’s better if you get them directly from the foods you eat. But now how am I supposed to know which foods have which vitamins? Thankfully, the Internet answered. This handy dandy infographic shows what these vitamins do, which foods they are in, and even shows you what food group they belong to. (Refer to the color key at the bottom.)
So, if you’re like me and you’re trying to get healthier one step at a time, this might be a good place to begin. I’m going to start with some B vitamins for energy so I can tackle all this school work I need to get done. Baby steps.
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‘Cause if you want to make your woman happy, it had better be huge. I mean, the average wedding in the United States will run you about $29,858. But if it’s traditional and her parents are paying for it, then I guess we can just round that number up to $30,000, and you can pocket the extra $142. JK, that’s unethical.
Seriously though folks, a wedding can be super expensive. With the cost of the venue averaging around $13,000, as well as the music and photos getting close to another $6,000, your wedding will most likely be the most expensive day of your life. Which it probably should be. Marriage is no joke. I’m a bit traditional in the sense that I believe when you get married, you stay married. So, if you want it to count, it might be worth your time to lay down the cash. But it might be smart to make sure your wedding is covered in case Granny breaks a limb cuttin’ footloose to Skrillex just before the cake never shows up, and Dad can’t stand the man you’re marrying and rallies up the extended cousins and uncles to make a mess of that rental tux your groom is sporting, all while your honeymoon flight has been cancelled on account of terrorists.
Wedding insurance can save you. It may not be able to save your doomed marriage in the case of the aforementioned busted Granny/busted groom scenario, but hey, at least you can walk away with some of that cash back in your pocket. How ironic would it be if you were only reimbursed $142?
The WedSafe program is brought to you by Aon plc (NYSE:AON), the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. [WedSafe]
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I never really understood the difference between banks and credit unions. All I knew is that my mom used the teachers credit union because she was a teacher, and I had to use a regular bank because I was an unemployed student (which makes zero sense now that I’m typing this out). Thankfully, today’s infographic clears any confusion someone else might have about the difference between these institutions.
A credit union is a member-owned, not-for-profit organization that usually offers more favorable rates toward their members. Banks, on the other hand, are for-profit organizations which usually offer higher rates and penalty fees. While most banks couldn’t afford the gamble of giving out loans during the recession, credit unions saw a 13.1 percent growth. In all, it seems credit unions are the better choice if you had to choose between the two, but I’ll let you be the judge of that. Check out the rest of today’s infographic to see if a credit union is right for you! [via]