Pacific Rim: The Evolution of Monsters vs. Robots [Infographic]

July 15, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, Movies  |  16 Comments
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Well folks, it’s that time of year again. The time we all set aside our petty differences and quarrels and wonder where all these giant explosions and aliens/monsters are coming from: big-budget summer blockbuster season! The focus of these big summer action movies typically ranges anywhere from rogue cops to superheroes, but my personal favorite blockbuster genre usually includes some kind of giant thing fighting other giant things, and this year completely knocked it out of the park with Guillermo del Toro’s newest movie: Pacific Rim.

Pacific Rim basically boils down to humanity needing to build colossal, drivable robots (Jaegers) to fend off an onslaught of equally colossal monsters known as “Kaiju” that have surfaced in (you guessed it) the Pacific Rim. Today’s infographic takes a look at the history and evolution of giant movie monsters vs. giant movie robots and what has led us to the incarnations seen in Pacific Rim. The Kaiju that destroy and demolish cities in Pacific Rim have come a long way from their (relatively) humble ancestors such as King Kong and Godzilla, while the nuclear-powered Jaegers could definitely teach Voltron and the Iron Giant a thing or two about being a skyscraper-sized battle bot.

For more info on the growth of giant, fantastic movie monsters and robots have a look at the graphic below. [Via]

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Edible Mushrooms [infographic]

July 14, 2013 |  by  |  Food, Health  |  No Comments
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I dedicate today’s infographic to my Great-Aunt Marsha, a mushroom extraordinaire. She can identify any and every type of mushroom she comes across, and is famous in my family for taking us on long mushroom hunting expeditions. We hiked through beautiful green forests in Upstate New York, where Aunt Marsha poked and prodded every friendly fungi she could find. She would scoop them up, insist they were good to eat, and pass them around like an alternative bag of trail mix. She even showed us a particular species that doubled as an artist’s canvas. Marsha picked up a twig and demonstrated that we could etch drawings and words into the caps of these white mushrooms. I think it goes without saying that there is never a dull moment with a mushroom guide around!

Mushroom foraging is a common past time in many parts of the world, but if you’re planning on picking up this hobby, make sure you study your mushrooms. Some can cause permanent organ damage and even death.

And if wild mushroom picking isn’t really your style, head to your local grocery store’s organic food section, or better yet–farmer’s market, and pick up a few of the fungi featured in this lovely infographic. Not only are they delicious, but many varieties have been linked to improved immune systems, healthy weight management, and increased levels of the oh-so-important Vitamin D! [Via]

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Daily Music Horoscope [Infographic]

July 13, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, Lifestyle, Mind-Blowing, Music  |  3 Comments
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Whether you are a struggling musician trying to make it in the music business, or if you are a tenure-paid college professor, music undoubtedly brings feeling, inspiration, and happiness to your business day, and your overall life in general. Depending on your tasks at hand though, certain types of music might yield more engaging, productive results than others. Different genres of music produce different chemical reactions within the brain, resulting in a variety of different feelings to arise within one’s own mind.

Take for example, embarking on a 20 hour road trip from Texas to Montana; would you rather be listening to slow, sleepy music, or upbeat, engaging, catchy music? Most people would answer with the latter option, mainly because it would help them to stay in a better mood, and if drowsy, hopefully not fall asleep (lol).

This Sonos infographic takes a fun glimpse into your everyday life to determine what kind of music will best “inspire” you to perform your daily tasks to the best of your ability. Whether you choose to believe, or even listen to this infographic’s advice at all, at least take the time to notice the effects music has on a person’s overall mood and psyche. Rock on.

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When Allergies Attack [infographic]

July 12, 2013 |  by  |  Health  |  No Comments
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Allergy season has been upon us for a while now. It happens every year and no one has done anything about it. Where is the cure for allergies? Where are the “I support allergies” ribbons on the back of cars? 55% of Americans have some sort of allergy–that is more than half of the population, people! I’ve had allergies since I was a child, and more than anything I would love to bury my face in a dog with no repercussions. We should take action and support allergy-prone humans like me with all our might. I want mass production of hairless pets–stat! Or maybe just government funded Zyrtec.

Allergies destroy anything that could bring joy to the people affected. You like dogs? Too bad, you’re allergic. Cats? Nope, you’ll be sneezing for days! Shellfish is delicious, too bad your face swells up when you eat it. But that’s okay, you can eat this peanut-butter and jelly sand–oops, sorry, guess you’re probably allergic to peanuts too!

One good thing about allergies is that generally they aren’t deadly if you take the proper precautions. So if you have allergies, enjoy your dog-less, fish-less, often even fruit-less half-life and go die from something else! *Achoo!*

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The Anatomy of Sangria [infographic]

July 11, 2013 |  by  |  Food, Lifestyle  |  2 Comments
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Holy moly it’s hot outside! What better way to quench your adult thirst than with a delicious Sangria? Sangria is loved by almost everyone who tries it and is a personal favorite of my dad. It’s cheap to make, and it tastes delicious! Be careful though, it can catch up to you if you’re not too careful.

There are many interpretations of Sangria, however, it generally consists of wine, chopped fruit, some sort of sweetener, and a small amount of brandy. My personal favorite is red wine with kiwi, grapes, berries, and lime. Drink it on the rocks and you’ll be in paradise. If you’re looking to change your go-to summer drink (sorry margaritas), I highly suggest you try Sangria. Check out today’s infographic to find your favorite version of ¬†tasty Sangria! [via]

 

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