Hopefully most of you are having a laid-back and relaxing summer. But I think it’s safe to say that we could all use an island getaway. Being at the beach is a freeing and almost cleansing experience for many people. I think there’s something therapeutic in just digging your toes in the sand.
Today’s infographic features Cyprus, a beautiful island located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. North Cyprus in particular is known for its lovely sites. The island is home to the Kyrenia Harbor, where a thriving and diverse trade of wheat, olives, donkeys, and goats were once exported. And high up in the mountains is the St. Hilarion Castle, a preserved ruin that was originally a monastery and named after a monk.
The weather in North Cyprus appears to be typical island weather. It’s mild and pleasant all year long. The territory also features more than 30 pristine beaches including the Golden Turtle Beach, located in the Karpas Peninsula. And if you have a soft spot for wildlife North Cyprus is famous for its wild donkeys and rare sea turtles. The sea turtles apparently return to the beaches every year to lay their eggs.
Let’s face it, you probably need a break from working too hard or some time to de-stress. Check out today’s infographic, and consider vacationing in North Cyprus this year! [Go North Cyprus Holidays]
EDIT: I apologize to the readers for not addressing some of the problems North Cyprus is facing. While the island is beautiful and has the potential to be a fantastic vacation spot, the country’s history should be taken into consideration. North Cyprus was invaded and occupied by Turkey, which evicted a lot of the native Greeks. The Turkish army still has a massive presence in North Cyprus and there is undoubtedly lots of political unrest. These points should definitely be taken into account before planning a trip there.
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Now that our nation’s Independence Day is right around the corner, it’s time to start planning those annual BBQ’s. Hotdogs, hamburgers, American flags, and… you guessed it… FIREWORKS!!!
Before you get too carried away though, make sure to take the proper precaution when lighting up those bad@#% fireworks you scored this 4th of July.
According to Instant Checkmate more than 15,000 fires were caused by fireworks in 2010, resulting in $36 million in property damage. Of those fires, 1,100 resulted in the destruction of private homes or properties, and 8 deaths.
Now, I know you’re thinking, “Oh c’mon man, it’s the 4th of July, that’s what you do!”. But, stop, and think about how devastated those families must have felt after losing their homes to an irresponsibly started fire, or, worst case scenario, mourning over the death of a loved one.
So, this 4th of July, remember to follow the proper safety precautions during your annual celebrations. Other than the basic “Don’t let kids play with fireworks” and “Always have an adult around”, take special care to remember to some rules you might not think of in the spur of the moment at a party. For instance, always hold the firework away from your face when lighting, never try to re-light or pick up a firework that did not light properly, and be sure to have a source of water handy when lighting your fireworks.
With that being said, here is straight-forward guide to safely setting off your fireworks this 4th of July.
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February 1st 2003: A loud thunder is heard throughout east Texas. Shortly after the bang, debris scattered from Dallas to Louisiana and from the Space Shuttle Columbia. I was at a friend’s sleepover and I heard the boom. The Columbia explosion was one of the most terrifying events that I heard about as a kid, second to 9/11. There have been 14 deaths in the 50 years and 500 people that America has sent to space. Therefore, about 3% of Americans sent to space die in an accident. That percentage is still a little bit high before I would jump onto a space shuttle.
The idea of traveling to space is exhilarating and terrifying, and I believe we may be close to being able to travel there for leisure! They currently have rough draft plans of a structure called the “Space Elevator” that will be built from a space station toward the earth to allow easier and cheaper access to space. If some of the richest people on earth would get some money together, they could pay to build it (I’m looking at you Bill Gates and Warren Buffett). Imagine star gazing with no atmosphere in the way, with nothing except space and millions of light years between you and the galaxy.
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Unfortunately for us, Earth is not getting any bigger. Therefore, we must do all we can to preserve and protect the earth that we live in. This can be done a number of ways: riding bikes/using fuel efficient cars, being vegetarian, recycling, and COMPOSTING! Composting is another type of recycling only for organic materials. It is a great way to create a natural fertilizer for your plants, and will greatly eliminate the amount of content in your waste basket.
I come from a composting AND recycling household, and let me tell you, the amount of trash we have saved is unbelievable. Before composting, we would throw all of our food items in the trash, which would make the house smelly after two days. Thankfully, my mother invested in a compost bin, and now (since we compost and recycle), we throw out the trash about once every week and a half. There is just nothing that has to go into the trash bin anymore!
A little iffy about jumping on the composting wagon? I suggest you consult today’s infographic for the do’s and don’ts of composting. Mother Earth will thank you! [via]
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As a Texan, there’s almost a sense of pride in the way that we can take in the sun. Last summer we had MONTHS of straight triple-digit weather, and we still managed to go outside and soak up that sun. So, for the Texans, I apologize for this infographic. You probably have plenty of Vitamin D, don’t even worry; but for all of you that reside a bit further north of the equator, it may be a different story.
Basically, humans need Vitamin D. It promotes bone health (a major issue for the elderly and children) and could be a factor in keeping cardiovascular disease and some cancers at bay. Sunlight is where we get most of our Vitamin D. For those living above the 42 north line though, from November through February there is not enough UVB sunlight to make vitamin D in the skin. Therefore there needs to be another way to get your daily dose of Vitamin D! You can get it from food (cod liver oil, margarine, egg yolk, fish and beef liver), or vitamin supplements. So next time you feel like you’ve been inside for far too long, eat some of these things or go out and have some fun in the sun!