Our favorite bearded gift-giver is getting ready to take off on his yearly Christmas flight, bringing holiday joy to all the little girls and boys who were good this year; and, coal to those who weren’t so nice. Santa lives at the North Pole, and he’s got a lot of ground with his reindeer in order to drop off toys at the 91.8 million homes he’s planning on visiting. See the logistics behind Santa’s wild ride in this infographic created by Confused.
Ping Pong legends were forged in the fire and brimstone of all afternoon basement tournaments when we were youngsters. When you grow up and head off to college, ping pong morphs into a different kind of game — beer pong. Gone are the paddles and overhead smashes, and in their place are a pyramid of strategically placed red party cups, overhead tosses, that cute girl from Bio 101 as a partner, and the finesse of an overhead toss.
There are still many of us out there who remember when toys used to not require batteries. These toys used to require imagination — and a cowboy outfit — to reach their full entertainment potential. Now, it seems as though the only thing that can hold a child’s attention is a video game or tablet. Luckily our society has Psy to keep our dreams of fake horse riding alive.
When you iPhone takes a dump and the: backlight won’t work, it won’t sync to iTunes, it’s stuck in headphone mode, or you can’t figure out how to sync your iTunes to multiple computers; you don’t want to have to hit up the Genius Bar, make an appointment, and stand in line with all the other poindexters. This graphic looks at how consumers have looked to free, member-driven communities for answers. These communities have become a place where people can help one another with their various issues. They’re advanced in the way they support the new wave of social, where members within brand communities serve as their own experts, their own moderators, their own tech support, and enthusiastic evangelists.
Race car driving is one of the biggest sports in the world, and Formula One is the highest class of racing on the planet. It’s racing events, known as Grand Prix’s, draw thousands of spectators to the tracks (at the Australian Grand Prix, there were 298,000 people in attendance). The popularity of Formula One around the world trumps the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, which is the highest level of racing in the United States, and the most popular. See exactly how in this head-to-head comparison graphic created by Red Bull.
via: Red Bull
While out traveling this holiday season, your bound to stand in long lines at the airport, work from your laptop or tablet in a hotel, and maybe lose your most prized possession — your smartphone — by losing it to the porcelain gods and drop it in the toilet. Your gadgets are precious to you, and act as your lifeline to the connected world. Without them, your holiday season will be even more stressful. Ever lost your smartphone or laptop while traveling, here’s some tips on how to avoid that from happening again.
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, our shopping carts are getting filled with the basics: turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and all the other traditional fixings. There’s even some specialties that each different family will bring to the table, like Grandma’s green bean casserole. Before you finish your checkout, make sure you swing past the bakery and include a nice selection of pies to your order, because dessert is one of the most important ingredients to any successful Thanksgiving dinner.
Thanksgiving has a long and storied history. It’s one of the oldest holiday traditions started by the first European settlers of the Americas, and the very first Thanksgiving was very different from what we experience today. The original Thanksgiving was a 3-day harvest feast held by the founders of the Plymouth colony in 1621. Today, nearly 46 million turkeys are eaten at Thanksgiving, accompanied by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and it’s 15 large balloons. See the rest of the differences below.
While we’re safe at home enjoying a day off, or enduring the daily battle with our email inbox this Veterans Day, we get a chance to reflect, honor and support our active service men and women. There are currently 22.2 million veterans living today, three-fourths of them are veterans of war. There are certain benefits soldiers receive after they finish their service, and keen on education as well. They’re also focused on getting a good job when they enter the civilian workforce, see the top jobs that await them in the infographic below.
It’s been over a year since Atlantis blasted off for the last time to deliver parts and cargo to the International Space Station, and the suburban sprawl surrounding Cape Canaveral on the East coast of Florida — also known as the “Space Coast” — has lost what truly made it special: launching space shuttles into the unknown. Photographer David Ryle took photos of the “Space Coast” back in 2009, and his minimalist approach to documenting the super shiny world of the NASA space industrial complex on one side of town, and strip malls and empty parking lots on the other; make for some beautiful viewing. A rejuvenated space program seems as bleak and sparse as the photos below, but NASA still has a certain Curiosity Rover on Mars that still keeps us dreaming.