Cholera, diarrhea, tuberculosis – some of the most deadly diseases to plague the human race throughout history are all preventable in some way. Cancer, perhaps the biggest stymie to modern medicine, is also preventable in most cases. This is good news depending on how you look at it.
As the son to someone who has suffered through and survived Lymphoma and Melanoma, I’ve always sort of assumed I was doomed- that the invisible hand of genetics would reach down and give me some sort of cancer. Well, only 2-5% of cancers are passed on through genetics. Phew! That’s great!
Since most causes of cancer are either situational or due to lifestyle choices- it should be easy to avoid. Ok, let’s see- as long as I use sunblock, don’t drink to excess, don’t smoke, and eat healthy- I’ll greatly reduce my risk factors for getting cancer. Well, I don’t drink to excess (most days), I eat healthy (sometimes) and wear sunblock (when I remember) so I should be good, right?
Psyche. Yikes, those are a lot of risk factors, not to mention other factors like toxic chemicals and levels of radiation that you may have no option of avoiding. Well, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a cure- and in the meantime get a grip on aforementioned vices and bad habits that I do have control over.
This infographic is loaded with information on cancer risk-factors, give it a read. If you want to know more- check out The American Cancer Society’s website. Knowledge is power folks- empower yourselves and keep on livin’. [Via]
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How often do you find yourself hanging out with somebody who won’t think twice about keeping their air conditioning blasting hot or cool air? It’s as if being temporarily uncomfortable would be the worst thing that could happen that very instant. Deciding to adjust the thermostat every 15 minutes is justifiable if a person is being considerate for their sick pet, or if their arts & crafts media are melting. If it’s purely for convenience, and done so as to not upset their complacent keel, then that’s not cool, man. Well, maybe except for the days of extreme heat in the summer. It can be a grueling feat to endure come bedtime, in more densely populated locales.
I prefer not to touch the thermostat in my house. This is especially true in the winter (throw some sweaters and coats on, or wrap yourself in blankets — jerks.) The apartment I rent, along with two others, recently had its power & utility rates rise due to a huge increase in usage. It works based on a standard of use for the whole complex — a block/rate system. Pretty cool, huh?
The infographic in today’s post shares ideas to reduce temperature fluctuations in the homestead, and maybe help keep monthly usage charges from transcending $300.
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Alcohol is just about everywhere we go. Though alcohol is not for everyone, for drinkers there is the right type of alcohol for the right situation. The work week could be stressful and maybe you and a few coworkers want to go out for a drink. Or maybe you want to stay home and kickback with your partner with a crafted brew. Or maybe its a birthday or a holiday that brings a large group together to get a little silly. According to this infographic, the type of alcohol consumed matches the person and location.
It appears that the macro beers (the beer that can be found generally anywhere) are the favored and appropriate drink in most settings. Being that they are lighter easier to monitor how much you have drank of them. With that being said the die-hard micro beer drinker is not going to be the trailblazing type. Just like the wine connoisseur isn’t going to be a party animal either. These drinks can be looked at as the drinks you tend to unwind with the most.
On the other end, liquor is the drink for a louder atmosphere. Though liquor is drank the least out of the listed alcoholic beverages they are the go-to for parties. Often times they can be cheap and highly effective for one purpose: usually getting you wasted. However, there are those with a refined taste for high quality liquor. Those are the pros.
No matter your poison, be safe, and please drink responsibly. [via]
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In 1875, before the term infographic was ever coined, quirky millionaire William Emerson Baker commissioned this beautifully illustrated map titled “The Porcineograph”. This map serves as an infographic in two ways. The first being the actual information it displays. Along the border you’ll see a depiction of the pork-centric dish that each state was known for at the time.
The second source of information this map has to offer is the historical context it was created in. This was before the publication of Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”, which was the book that stirred a huge called to arms for stricter regulation in the food industry. Up until that point meat packing plants were shipping out some pretty disgusting stuff. Baker gave this map out as a souvenir for guests of his launch party for the “Sanitary Piggery” which is pretty much exactly what sounds like — a clean and hygienic hog farm.
In the bottom corners you’ll see illustrations of pig related incidents that influenced change in US legislation. Alternatively, this map also serves as precursor for important changes in legislation to come. Even if you aren’t interested in brushing up on your food industry history, this thing offers some other fascinating oddities like how Hawaii was referred to as “Sandwich Islands” and that people in New York were apparently consuming “uninvestigated drinks.”
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I was a waitress for almost five years before becoming a graduate assistant, and I got used to fast cash. As a perpetually broke college student, I’m always looking for new ways to make more money.
I’ve considered doing several of these things while I’ve been in school, including selling plasma or eggs. It’s always been out of the question though, because I have this whole afraid-of-needles thing going for me. Many of these (like street performing) are way beyond my skill level, while others seem time consuming.
I think there’s a little something for everyone here. Big fan of kids? Try babysitting. Really good at math? Consider tutoring someone. Too much junk? Have a garage sale. Just pick something that sounds interesting and do it. You don’t have much to lose, right? Personally, I’m going to start blogging and actually set up an online shop for my paintings. (I’ve been talking about it for years.)
Speaking of shops, the original creator of this infographic is a company called Zaarly, which is basically an online marketplace for people to buy and sell things with those around them. Their about page says the company exists “to enable people everywhere to make money doing what they love.” I don’t know about you, but making money doing what I love sounds like a wonderful use of my time. [via]