Posts Tagged ‘ Statistics ’

The Geography Of Sex.


#StandWithHer, The Essie Justice Movement.


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With the rising rates of incarceration, not only in the Bay Area, but in the U.S. overall, many more people are beginning to feel the squeeze of mass incarceration.  Those who have incarcerated loved ones may rarely be the focus of sympathy when someone is locked up, but families, and specifically women in those families get hit hard. These women are left to manage finances, care for children and hold families together, often at an enormous personal cost. Essie Justice Group will build a movement to support and connect women, and empower them to advocate for change in the justice system. The Essie group has set up the non-profit #StandWithHer program in order to provide support for women in these situations.

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More information on Essie can be found here, at StandWithHer.org, and you can do worlds of help as well.  Essie has been selected by Google in the ‘Google Impact challenge’, and Essie’s plan is to win a grant that will reach 1000 women and families over the next two years, and impact thousands more by shifting public attitudes and criminal justice policies.  Click any of the photos to cast your vote, share the post, and help women left in need by the effects of mass incarceration.

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The Science Of Kissing.


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The Facebook Infographic.


It’s no mystery that the Facebook phenomenon has no signs of slowing down or stopping anytime soon.  But after one of Facebook’s higher ups opted to sell some of her shares of the now publicly traded company, people have been wondering whats been going on.  An incredibly informative video infographic by Jacques Parys may not explain the inner working of the company, but for sure sheds some light on some statistics surrounding the largest social network on the planet.  Check the method.

What The World Eats.


Meet the The Manzo family of Sicily. Their weekly expenditure is 214.36 Euros or $260.11. Note the copious amount of bread.

In an increasingly globalized world, it’s still sometimes shocking to see just how disparate our lives are compared with other human beings around the world. A book of photographs by Peter Menzel called “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats” (“©Peter Menzel http://www.menzelphoto.com. Ten Speed Press, published in 2005) makes a relevant point with great irony: at a time when hundreds of millions of people don’t have enough to eat, hundreds of millions more are eating too much and are overweight or obese.  It is these cultural differences, emphasized and reinforced by the author, which exemplifies the lifestyles and dietary habits of people around the world. In the United States, processed foods are par for course. In the Philippines, fresh fruit and vegetables play a far more significant role. In the  harsh Chad sun, a family of six exists on a measly $1.23 per week.

Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07

United States: The Revis family of North Carolina. Food expenditure for one week $341.98

Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09. Note the profusion of fruits & vegetables.

Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo
Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53

Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55

Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03. This feeds a family of 11. Remarkable.

Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp
Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23. No comment.

Kuwait: The Al Haggan family of Kuwait City
Food expenditure for one week: 63.63 dinar or $221.45. Most foodstuffs in this State are subsidized.

Mongolia: The Batsuuri family of Ulaanbaatar
Food expenditure for one week: 41,985.85 togrogs or $40.06

China: The Dong family of Beijing
Food expenditure for one week: 1,233.76 Yuan or $175

Japan: The Ukita family of Kodaira City
Food expenditure for one week: 37,699 Yen or $317.25

Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna
Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27

The Intelligent Cash Register.


Intelligent Cash Registers. Duh. They remember who you are, they know your “interests.” They know you! Intel is going to unveil this prototype “register” at the National Retail Federation show in New York on Sunday, but they’re really pushing the system, not the hardware. (Although, they do mention the fact that the hardware will use 90 percent less power than modern check-outs. Nothing to scoff at.)

Intel teams with Frog Design for this project. Frog is responsible for the hardware: making this 3-touchscreen terminal work with Intel’s newest processors. The touchscreen works in concert with RFID cards and salespeople (to talk you up on more products the screen shows to be juicy.) The idea is to take the internet’s ability to “up-sell” and apply that to everyday impulse buying.

The best part, (or -only actual good part, for you hippies,) is that these machines fall back asleep when they aren’t active. This accounts for most of the 90-percent less energy spent. And as Wired mentions: “for a retail chain with 5,000 terminals, that’s a serious rebate.”

The State Of Marital Sex In 2012.


Getting married has tons of stigma’s attached to it, one of the biggest being that sex decreases by a massive amount once you’ve tied the knot.  Weather this is true or not for every married couple, the world will never know, but iVilliage did a survey that had some very interesting statistics among married couples.  Check the method.

Hopefully saying something nice will help more married men get it in.

The Realest Prison Statistics.


Your Body Is A Canvas (Some Tattoo Facts).


One of the greatest things about design is that people are constantly coming up with new and creative ways to solve problems, display information or convey a message in a better way. Paul Marcinkowski (AKA Kaplon) is the designer behind this tattoo infographic which he made for a class project at the Academy Of Fine Arts in Łódź, Poland. Readers know that I’m a fiend for good infographics, and while poorly made infographics have been called the ‘plague’ of the internet, it’s great to see an artist sink their teeth into the medium and create something truly original.

The infographic highlights different aspects of the tattoo process: where tattooing is practiced (worldwide), the percentage of people who have tattoos, interesting fun facts about the tattoo machine, most popular tattoo designs, and the top three reasons why people regret getting their tattoos. The artwork is brilliant and nails the style of tattoo art on the body while also integrating the tattoo style into infographic design.

5 Unethical Experiments Done in the Name of Science.


Robbers Cave Experiments

Thanks to sites that publish interesting lists everybody seems to know about the Stanford Prison experiment. By now anyone you ask will tell you that this was a horrible study where university students were placed in one of two conflicting groups in order to replicate the conditions inside a prison. The experiment was so bad that it had to be stopped weeks before it was supposed to end. What few people know is that the same experiment was done with twelve year old kids that didn’t even know they were in an experiment, and it was done THREE TIMES!

A group of scientists led by Carolyn Wood Sherif gathered several 11 and 12 year old boys and took them on a summer camping trip, without telling anyone that this was actually an experiment. The scientists had them divided into two groups, making sure to break apart any friendships that the boys had established previously. Once on the campgrounds the scientists encouraged the boys to call each other names and pull pranks on the other group. But don’t worry they also had planned some group-building activities at the end of the whole experiment, such as cutting the water supply and let the kids figure out how to avoid thirst.

In both of the first and second experiments the boys rebelled against the experimenters, probably realizing they were mad scientists. Of course these two experiments were not published originally; Sherif only publicized the results from the third test where the boys apparently resolved their conflicts at the end of camp. This prompted the scientists to declare this a successful experiment in conflict resolution; although the study did not monitor the boys over long periods of times to see if a summer spent in a camp where they were constantly insulted did any lasting psychological damage.

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Monster Study

The last study might have left you with a sliver of hope that maybe scientists didn’t run such bad experiments after all. If that is the case, please consider the case of the monster study. This is an experiment that tells you right from the title it’s going to be painful to read.

The only purpose of the experiment was to destroy the self-confidence of 11 children in hopes that psychologists could discover why stuttering happens. Even if the experiment was successful, nothing would have been gained aside from abstract knowledge; no one is interested in making more people stutter. Yet for some reason that is exactly what Iowa speech professor Wendell Johnson set out to do.

He picked out orphans, because no parent should willingly submit their kid to this kind of experiment, and over the course of six months constantly belittled everything they did. He would point out every tiny imperfection in pronunciation and every small mistake in spelling, all so that he could prove a theory that claimed stuttering was a learned behavior.

None of the children became stutterers, but several of them remained traumatized for life. Depression and loss of self-esteem were the most common problems among the 11 children that participated in the study. But at least the university sent them all an apology letter, years later after they got sued for allowing this study.

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Little Albert

Of course the previous example is not the only case of scientists being completely insensitive towards children. John B. Watson wanted to prove that you could condition a child into becoming irrationally afraid. Why exactly this needed to be proved is not really clear, but apparently it was vital to the advancement of science.

In order to accomplish the task of scaring a child, Watson took an eleven month old baby and showed him a rat, a rabbit and several fuzzy things. Whenever little Albert tried to play with the objects he was shown a loud noise would be played in the background. This was repeated over and over again until Albert became scared of anything that was white and fuzzy including blankets and beards. In case you were wondering Albert remained terrified of old Santa Claus-looking men for the whole duration of the experiment.

Once the baby was terrified of the world around him, Watson returned him to the parents. He didn’t try to erase the results of the conditioning or monitor the child as he grew up. No one knows what happened to little Albert with several theories arguing that he ended up committing suicide. While this is probably an exaggeration, one thing is for sure: that child didn’t enjoy any Christmases for the rest of his life.

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MK-Ultra

Moving away from scientists who hated children we have the CIA and their famous experiments with drugs during the 50’s and 60’s. This period was marked by a heightened paranoia of Soviet spies infiltrating the American society. So in order to protect the Unites States the CIA decided to test LSD on a bunch of unsuspecting citizens.

If the above sentence doesn’t seem to make sense to you, congratulations! You’re more logical than the CIA .

The first stop on their testing agenda was injecting several of their own agents, with acid, mescaline and LSD in order to see if they would reveal secret information. Think about it like torturing your own men to see if they would crack under pressure.

Once they collected the data on this stage of the experiment the CIA moved on to testing drugs on the general population. They did this by setting up nightclubs and paying women to slip drugs into men’s drinks. They even went as far as using brothels as a testing ground for various drugs since they knew that the male customers would be too embarrassed to report what happened.

Unfortunately most of the documents on these experiments were destroyed in the 70’s so there is no hard evidence on which the CIA could be prosecuted.

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The Oklahoma City Sonic Boom Test

Continuing with experiments performed by the U.S. government without the public’s knowledge we have the Oklahoma Sonic Boom test. The idea behind this experiment was to test how much noise a citiy’s population would accept before they started having serious psychological trouble.

This wasn’t the first test of its kind with the government flying planes over populated areas on purpose, several times in the past. However, this was the first time that the government conducted a long term experiment, measuring the sociological as well as the economic impact.

The experimenters even went as far as setting up fake complaint hotlines where the city’s population could leave detailed descriptions of how much they hated the planes flying over their houses. Of course nothing would be done about it and the experiment went on for six very loud months.

Lil Wayne’s Sports Corner.


Weezy F. Baby is ahead of the curve on many aspects, and aside from the obvious (rap) he’s a well documented sports fan.  Recently Lil Wayne got in front of Derik G’s camera and gave his low down on his sports opinions… Something he’s been doing since he was locked up.  Check the method.

The Anatomy Of A Perfect Website.


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Is Starting A Business Safer Than Keeping Your Job?


While doing the research necessary for starting another new business, I found some statistics about the job market that were somewhat shocking. With a slow economy, many people have turned to entrepreneurship as a means to pay the bills. Which begs the question, what’s better today — getting a job or starting a business?  I dug deep to find out the numbers and have compared the risk of starting a business to keeping a job. If you’ve ever thought about starting your own company, take a look at our graphic below to help decide if entrepreneurship is right for you.

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Anti-Smoking Campaigns.


ALRIGHT, lets get down to me shooting myself in the foot.  For anyone who knows me personally, and my battle with cigarettes, I’m sure I’ll come under a bit of fire for posting this.  (But who cares).  Regardless of the criticism, I think all the ads in the anti-smoking collection are very well thought out, and extremely attention grabbing.  Some of the images in the collection caused a bit of controversy due to the images, but to be 100% honest, graphic and shocking is what someone needs when starting down the road to quitting.

The Striptease.


What Are The Odds That You Would Be You?


A Halloween Costume Breakdown.


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Cricket. The Game Of Champions.


When most people hear the name “Cricket” in the United States, a certain species of insect come to mind.  However, where I’m from, in Guyana, as in many other countries, Cricket is one of the most popular sports and is watched by millions.  Simply put, Cricket is a two team sport, played by 22 people on an oval field but over the years it’s grown much larger than that.  To learn more about the world famous sport (that seems to have skipped the States), you can log onto ‘The Cricket Blog‘.  This well constructed, concise and easy to read blog is all about cricket, and covers everything cricket related, from the most recent games, to the players, all the way down to their stats.  ‘The Cricket Blog‘ also features a very hand list of other reputable crickets blogs for full coverage from all other angles of the sport.  It’s definitely a recommended page for anyone who’s interested in learning more.

What Your Technology May Say About You.


Very recently my assistant’s cell phone bit the dust as suddenly as Steve Jobs, and we were searching frantically for a replacement.  Obviously the ability to call someone is no longer the determining factor when picking out cell phones or more importantly, smart phones.  The topic of smartphone operating systems can be as divisive as politics or the Mac vs. PC debate. (Just add snide comments about dropped calls.)  I delved into some research data to figure out what I could learn not just about the services themselves, but about Android vs. iPhone users.  Luckily for me, some friends at Column Five Media performed some of their infographic magic on the resulting data and the findings were pretty interesting. And people, please don’t forget that these are the statistics summed up by the info collected.  This doesn’t mean that because you own an iPhone your a woman.  Its just an average of all the data.  (If everything is blurry, click the pic to make it larger.)

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15 Not So Important Sex Facts…


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Sitting Down Can KILL You.


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Lets Talk About Sex, Baby.


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So by this stage in life, its pretty safe to assume that anyone reading this has had sex at least once. Its common knowledge that kids are starting to have sex younger that the generation before them. I’m not here to judge (personally I love sex) but when I came across some sex statistics (above) they baffled me a bit. The next question in my mind was about the safety of sex, and the history of the dangers surrounding this little act. So below is the history of STD’s. It all pretty interesting stuff when you think about it. Check the method.

I bet THAT just killed all your 'horny' didn't it.

Rick Ross on The Source.


No matter what you may have heard about Rick Ross over the last few years… (The beef with 50 Cent led to 50 showing Ross’s baby pictures on the internet /That he may be broke / That he was a parole officer / what have you)… Ross has some pretty respectable statistics behind his name.  During the cover shoot of his upcoming cover of The Source, an “Uncovered” video was shot, shouting out some of his accomplishments, and I have to say, the man has done quite well for his career.  You can’t knock his hustle.

How Will You Die?!