The Real Cost of Flying [infographic]

September 19, 2013 |  by  |  Mind-Blowing, Travel  |  2 Comments
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I’m writing this post because I had to drive 1,280 miles (over 18 hours) from South Texas ALL the way to South Carolina with my 77 year old grandparents for a wedding. Why?! Because my unemployed, postgraduate self could not afford a plane ticket. I’ll give my grandparents credit, they weren’t bad to drive with. My grandpa slept the entire time, and my grandma was an excellent co-pilot (probably because she was afraid of me crashing the car). However, today’s infographic isn’t a rant about the high cost of plane tickets. It about another way airlines and airports are raking in the cash; through the liquid carry on rules!

How is this even possible? Turns out this tiny rule has a big financial and environmental impact. Today’s infographic does a fantastic job of explaining it! Read on to see how such a small thing is costing you money! [via]

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From Vinyl to Vinyl [infographic]

September 18, 2013 |  by  |  Music  |  No Comments
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There’s something about the sound of a vinyl record that can’t be beat. Today’s infographic informs us that vinyl sales have increased 17.7% since 2011. And I have to say, I don’t really know people who buy CDs anymore, what everybody really wants is records. There’s something ritualistic about putting on a record that might satisfy people as much as the actual music does. In high school I practically lived at my best friend’s house, who also happened to be my neighbor, and every time it rained we would put on Bridge over Troubled Water, by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, and listened to all of its vinyl-ly goodness, paired with raindrops. If we had done this with a CD, I don’t think the end result would have been the same.

There’s quite a bit of novelty and nostalgia wrapped up in record players themselves, and I think a lot of people are catching onto this. Whether it’s their sound–a kind gravelly and familiar heaviness in many cases–that makes us happy, or the attractiveness of the record player itself. What’s old is cool again–we’ve expressed this with vintage clothes, styles, and interests, and we’re now expressing this in the way we listen to music.

Check out today’s infographic for the low-down on vinyl records. I will leave you now with a quote from the great book High Fidelity, by Nick Hornby. “What came first – the music or the misery? Did I listen to the music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to the music? Do all those records turn you into a melancholy person?” [Via]

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Harry Potter Myers-Briggs Chart [infographic]

September 17, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, Funny  |  1 Comment
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Finally! A Myers-Briggs type chart written in terms that I can really understand. I studied psychology in my undergrad, so I have taken the actual Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and I am pretty sure that I rigged it to state that I was an extrovert. I remember at the time that it seemed cooler to be extroverted than introverted. It’s funny how things change because now I feel like being an introvert is the new go-to personality type.

Cool or not, I am definitely more of an introvert than an extrovert. And of all the characters below, I would have to say that I am more of a Luna Lovegood with some random spurts of Ginny Weasley. Lots and lots of daydreaming with the random ability to persuade others to allegiance if suddenly ornamented with a problem.

For those of you who are wondering what Harry Potter character you are, take this online test. I don’t know if all of you will agree with the classification of all the characters, but it’s interesting to see them from this perspective. Draco Malfoy, an introvert in disguise? Totally!

Oh, and J.K. Rowling is writing a screenplay? Who’s excited? [via]

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50 Insane Facts About Ireland [Infographic]

September 16, 2013 |  by  |  Lifestyle, Mind-Blowing, Travel  |  No Comments
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Like many old nations, Ireland has certain stereotypes or images that automatically come to mind when thinking or talking about the country. Contrary to popular depictions of Ireland, the Emerald Isle does consist of more than just potatoes, corned beef and pots of gold; it does in fact have quite a rich history and may play a larger part in your own culture than you realize.

Today’s infographic gives us a list of interesting facts about Ireland, from it’s natural beauty and heritage to its various industries and cuisine. For example, seventy million people claim some level of Irish ancestry today, including (but not limited to) our current U.S. president. Also, contrary to the tales which depict Saint Patrick (real name: Maewyn Succat, supposedly) ridding Ireland of snakes, Ireland does not now nor has it ever had a wild snake population. Many think of Ireland as the #1 beer consumer in the world, and while they’re not too far off (they’re actually #4), the beverage that the Irish actually can boast to drinking the most of is tea.

For more info on the Emerald Isle have a look at the graphic below, and have a great day! [Via]

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The Strangest Driving Laws On Earth [infographic]

September 15, 2013 |  by  |  Crime, Funny, Government, Mind-Blowing, Travel  |  23 Comments
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Driving is one of those things can be a blessing and a curse. It’s great to be able to get in the car and drive to the store and have a trunk to put groceries in. It’s nice to be able to get somewhere fast when you are running late. But it sucks to get stuck in traffic and it sucks to gas up your tank.

For some, it can suck to even lift your finger to turn on the blinker. Although not always completely necessary, it is required to turn on your headlights while your windshield wipers are on. All the rules you have to memorize before being issued a drivers license are to better protect the drivers on the road.

This infographic pertains to some strange road laws around the world.

Okay Alaska, you’re right, no one should be letting their dog sit on the roof of the car while they are driving. What incident could have possibly occurred in one of the coldest places in the United States that would lead to the implementation of a law like this? Was this ever a serious issue?

In Russia it is illegal to drive a dirty car… What is dirty? Clean. What is clean? Very strange law, Russia.

But none as strange as the provision that one must not shoot whales from their vehicle in Tennessee. Who in the heck is responsible for that one? [infographic provided by Think Insurance]

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