2013 has come and gone, and I’d say it was darn good year overall. It left behind some pretty awesome infographics as well. Today’s post features Daily Infographic’s top ten infographics of 2013. Want to share your opinion? Hop on over to SodaHead to vote on your favorite infographic of 2013 here!
Let’s start off with one of my favorite combinations — food and wine. Our top pick for 2013 is a simple, attractively designed infographic that lays out the best way to pair food with wine (which just might come in handy for your next dinner party or social event). According to this graphic, dry wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and White Table Wine pair best with veggies, while a bold red wine, like Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec, goes best with red meat. A rich white wine like Chardonnay goes great with hard cheese, and a sweet white wine, like Moscato or Riesling should be eaten with soft cheeses. If you’re interested in planning a great evening be sure to check out this graphic. [Via]
Our next graphic features one of the most elusive and fleeting things in existence — time. As the infographic points out, “Humans are good at a lot of things but putting time in perspective is not one of them.” Our second pick clearly lays out our lives and human history on a time line. It starts with the last twenty-four hours and moves down through time up to the beginning of everything — the Big Bang. This graphic is particularly clean, streamlined and neatly laid out — if only our actual lives were just like that. [Via]
Number three on the list features man’s best friends — our canine companions. All dogs obviously cannot be lumped into one category. There are hundreds of different breeds out there, and sometimes it’s hard to tell if some of them actually are dogs, but this infographic from National Geographic has divided up different types of dogs into four groups: wolf-like, herders, hunters, and mastiff-like. It’s interesting to note that ‘hunters’ make up the vast majority of dog breeds and I never would have expected ‘wolf-like’ or ‘mastiff-like’ to be a categorization indicator. Check out this graphic to see what category of dog your pup falls into. [Via]
Our fourth infographic is so important for the human mind. This graphic specifies twenty-nine ways to stay creative. It’s very easy to get into a funk when you’re not exercising your creative capabilities, and this infographic will hopefully help get your creative juices flowing. Sing in the shower, free write, read a page of the dictionary, etcetera, etcetera, but most importantly, be open. The rest of the suggestions probably won’t work if you don’t keep an open-mind. [Via]
Our fifth pick features a language of sorts, that I’ll admit, I’m not too familiar with — coding. This computer language, makes the programs and operating systems that we use every day run properly, and this infographic lays out just how many lines of code it takes to run some of these programs. The healthcare government website seems to take the cake, while iPhone game apps use smaller amounts of code. [Via]
Number six takes a look at personality types of the those that are fortunate to have achieved success, money, and power. Take a look, you just might have a similar personality to your hero! [Via]
The seventh infographic on our list features the “United Sports of America” in a very cool way. Every state has a signature sport, and this infographic captures this beautifully. Texas (Daily Infographic’s homeland) is of course represented by football, and more surprisingly gymnastics. [Via]
Number eight discusses cats and their potential to become medicine shamans. The vibrations of their purrs may be medically therapeutic for illnesses. [Via]
Our ninth pick features luscious locks, cascading tresses, and just straight up hair. Check out this infographic for everything odd that you ever wanted to know about hair. [Via]
If you’re in the mood for good stories with a little danger check out number ten. The top seven greatest heists in history are featured on this graphic, and some of them may shock you. [Via]
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I won’t pretend like I know all about cider, because I don’t. To me it’s pretty new. While beer is my drink of choice when I want to feel a little woozy, cider is almost just as good. Alcohol is something to be celebrated and it is. The process in which it is made is what I really admire. Someone one day was like I wonder what will happen if I ferment apples or pears. That man was a genius: at least to us.
What I appreciate most about hard cider is the fact that it was the drink to have in colonial America. Beer was harder to make and for some reason the apple trees in the north east faired well in the New England soil. It’s a good thing that happened because what might have happened had cider not been more popular than beer in American history. According to legend and this infographic, even John Adams was in love with cider. Apparently he liked it enough to drink a tankard every morning!
The amount of people ordering a hard cider is growing exponentially. Cider sales rose by 700% from 2011 to 2012. Friends and I order it regularly. You should too. If apple isn’t your thing, try the pear hard cider. It sure does help do the trick because it can take a whiskey drink, a vodka drink, a lager drink, and a cider drink. Stay safe out there and have fun! [via]
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Raise your hand if you want to take a cruise… Okay, I’m seeing almost every hand up. You, in the back. You don’t deserve to go on a cruise. Get out of here. You’ve failed today’s lesson. As for the rest of you, I’m taking the class on a wonderful field trip through the Port Southampton today! But first, let’s review a couple of things.
Each year, 1.5 million passengers visit the port of Southampton, which is more people than the population of Birmingham. Who can tell me where Birmingham is? You, Carrot-top. Where is Birmingham?… Incorrect, it is not in the United Kingdom, it’s in Ireland… Just kidding! It was purely a joke. I know my cities; I just wanted to see if you did. Let’s move on.
Did you know, Southampton Docks provide around 25,000 local jobs? Pretty impressive, right? Did you also know that our local school district has been laying off great teachers just so we can add another gym to the already existing three gym set up we have? And did you also know that the principal is an arrogant, self-consumed dictator who only cares about himself and no one else, ever? Again, just kidding. I love my job. I like working for that guy… Okay, one more interesting fact before we go.
The largest ship to use the port is the Royal Caribbean’s Independence Of The Seas, which has a capacity of 5,700 passengers. Can anyone tell me how many people all three of our gyms, combined, can hold? No? About 4,000. There are about 3,200 people living in this district. So, obviously, we need a new gym. Am I right!? Or am I right!? Forget it. Just take a look at this infographic I’ve printed out. [Cruise1st]
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E-books are a great thing, one can take thousands of books with them but without all the weight. But books still hold a lot of charm. My favorite kind of book that e-books will never replace are Coffee Table Books. There is nothing better than walking into a home and finding large, beautiful hard-back books full of glossy vibrantly colored pictures of anything from Picasso to tree houses. Even color e-books tablets can’t hold a candle to this majesty of a coffee table book.
Book stores are another thing that e-books will not kill. Everyone loves going into a book store and paying too much for coffee and getting to click all the fancy pens, and e-books don’t have fancy pens. Book stores will continue to stay resilient against the wrath of e-books. Hell, bookstores go ahead and sell e-books just to show how little they are threatened.
All this said, I do own a kindle. I love my kindle, but I love my coffee table books more. When you boil it down, reading is good. So, physical book or e-books, at least we read enough as a culture to have the debate!
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Due to the intense cold Texas and the rest of the country has just recently experienced (or currently experiencing, sorry Midwest and Northeast); I have been on a huge pho kick to keep myself warm and full. For those of you who are not aware of pho, it is a delicious Vietnamese noodle soup that can be garnished with a variety of herbs and toppings, including: basil, bean sprouts, cilantro, and lime.
During a particular dreadfully cold evening, a friend brought some pho to my house from a nearby restaurant. The pho was subpar, but could have been great if I had Sriracha sauce! I never realized how much of a difference the tangy condiment made until I was forced to have a meal without it. Sriracha sauce always takes my pho experience from average to delicious with just a few squirts.
What ingredients are in Sriracha that makes it so delicious? Who is the mastermind behind the delectable red sauce? And finally, why is a rooster the main focus of the bottle? Today’s infographic answers that, and other mysteries you might have wondered about Sriracha sauce. Read up so you can enlighten your friends the next time you find yourself in the presence of this unique sauce! [via]