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Super Mums

Super Mums


Here is the blurb from the creator.  I liked it, so I’m sharing it.

“Mums aren’t just amazing, they’re superheroes too. From sleep-deprived new mums, to great-grandmothers who are still worrying about their 60-year-old “baby”, mothers hold a special place in all our hearts. But generally they do a thankless task so for just one day of the year make sure they can truly rest, put their feet up and do what we take for granted for the other 364 days of the year – get taken care of.”


28% of the worlds population are mothers.  That makes 2 billion mothers.  That means there are 122.5 million Mother’s Day phone calls made every year.  And that doesn’t even count all the kids who SHOULD be calling their mothers on Mother’s Day.

Average Call Volumes on Mother’s Day

Call volumes rise by 37%.  I suspect that number should be higher.

Mrs. Vassilyev

Mrs. Vassilyev of Russian gave birth to 69 children between 1725 and 1765.  16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets.

Big Babies

Carmelina Fedele gave birth to a 10.2 kg (more than 22 pound) baby in September 1955. The baby’s name was Aversa.  It was the heaviest recorded baby.  The average UK baby at that time weighed 7 lb. 5 oz.

The “Super” in Super Moms

By a baby’s 2nd birthday SuperMom will have changed 7300 diapers with an over $1589.00 value.  It takes a mom about 2 minutes and 5 seconds to change a diaper.  It takes the average dad 1 minute and 36 seconds.  Do does he do it right?

Working Moms

In 1976 31% of UK moms worked outside the home.  In 2012, 55% do.  Of the chores that moms hate, cooking, dusting, ironing, vacuuming the stairway, cleaning the bathroom and doing laundry are included.  The most hated chore according to UK moms is “hoovering the stairs.”

SuperMoms in Nature

A female oyster can produce up to 100 million offspring.  It would take a human mother 58,038,305 years to produce that many offspring.  A giraffe gives birth standing up, so a newborn drops 6 feet once it leaves the womb.


Design: A+

I loved the design of this infographic. It was fresh, stylish, clean, and I even liked the color choices.

Information: B+

While the facts were interesting, I would have liked to have seen some global mom facts, and I think the information presented could have been organized differently.

Source: Infographic from Isme.com, the home of Loose Women and home shopping.

UK Business Infographic

UK Business Infographic

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This infographic looks at UK business.  The design is understated, and the information communicated is simple, if you can wrap your head around it.

The heading says “If 27% of small UK businesses created just 1 job” but then jump to a section where they give us a little bit of data before  they finish that sentence.

A sample of small UK businesses was asked if they planned to hire anybody in the next year, and 73% of them said no.  That leaves us with the 27% from the header, so we know where that bit of data came from.

Apparently, there are 1,178,745 small businesses in the UK, so if 27% of those small businesses hired just one person, that would result in the creation of 318,261 new jobs.

The UK is at a 17 year high of 2.62 million people.  If those 318,261 jobs were created, it would reduce the UK unemployment rate to 2.3 million.

A graph shows you the unemployment trend from 2000 to 2011, with a projection into 2012, based on the information that 27% of small business plan to hire at least one person in the next year.

If all this comes to pass, 198,139 fewer people would claim a weekly Jobseeker’s Allowance, which would result in a £10.5 million savings for the UK government.


Design:  B-

I like the minimalist design, but believe the lettering could be larger without losing the impact of the data.  I also disagree with the color choices.

Information:  A-

The information is presented in an interesting way, and it is good information to know.

Source:  Simply Business

White Van Infographic

White Van Infographic


Ever wondered why there are so many white vans in England? Ever wondered exactly how many there really are? Well, thank the creators of this very amusing infographic then because you are about to have your questions answered.  There are a whopping 2.5 million white vans in the UK. That means that there is one white van to every 24 people–quite a lot. Now, I’m no statistics expert, but I think it’s safe to say that there is no shortage of them. Ok, so we know they can be found around every street corner of the country, but where, specifically, are they?

Well, according to the graphic, most of them are in Essex, Kent, and Lancashire. Now, given how many white vans there are and how widespread the whole phenomenon has become, you might be surprised to learn that the phrase was coined no earlier than 1997. Sarah Kennedy first uttered the words on BBC Radio 2 in that year. So, what is the average distance driven by a “white van man” over the course of a year in the UK? Like all of these type of stats, the number will likely frighten you. And that number is (drumroll please) 9,426 miles, or, if you haven’t been adequately frightened yet, equivalent to driving around the length of the country 13 and a half times.

White van drivers compose the finest parts of the English population. They are well-read (more than half are regular book worms according to the graphic) and almost never get into an accident (68% of drivers have no insurance claims).

Grading Scorecard

Design: B+

The design here is rather unique and draws you in. While it’s certainly not the most eye-popping graphic we’ve ever showcased here, it holds its own against any of the other graphics on this site.

Content: A

The content was more than solid, with an excellent mix of raw facts that surprise you (such as how many miles the average white van driver spends on the road in a year), and facts that make you chuckle up a storm (such as how many cheesy wotsits could be moved if you had 772 white vans). I lost my turkey strudel after reading that.

Overall, this graphic is certainly at the top of its class.

Infographic provided by Autonetinsurance.co.uk

Infographic Facts about Struggling Countries around the World

Infographic Facts about Struggling Countries around the World


This dazzling infographic (from a design standpoint, certainly not from a content standpoint as its more depressing than it is dazzling) displays stats about the most struggling countries across the planet, and rather morbid ones.

Among the disturbing stats is the fact that there is a 1 in 6 chance someone around the world will die due to lack of water. This one is extremely disheartening as well: only 4% of the world’s oceanic water has NOT been damaged by human activity in some way. The population of the world living in severly “water-stressed” environments is 2/5. The ratio of Harvard University’s annual budget is equal to the entire GDP of Rwanda.

But there are some encouraging stats as well, such as the fact that a 4rth grade class raised 35,000 to free the slaves in Sudan last year (they free them by buying them and then setting them free immediatley upon purchase). The total World Bank aid to African nations exceeded 2 billion 1986. (Not sure why that stat is over 20 years old, but that’s more of  a topic for the grading segment). Speaking of which…time for the grading segment.

Design: A-

Thes design is very well done.  They didn’t just plop a bunch of stock graphics down on the page and call it a day. Everything seems to be drawn from scratch, which won them many points.

Content: B+

Some interesting stats, especially at the bottom when it gets into pie charts and the like. But I wasn’t knocked out of my boots.

Overall, a fairly strong graphic.

Graphic provided by Vision Service Adventures.

How much is a petabyte infographic

How much is a petabyte infographic


The preceding infographic, provided by the online storage site Mozy, is an intense look at all the qualities of a petabyte, which is equal to one quadrillion bytes. Quite a lot of memory, right? To put things into perspective, one single petabyte is equal to 20 million four-drawer filing cabinets filled with text, as the graphic notes. It’s also equal to 13.3 years of HD-TV video. So, how much are 1.5 petabytes equal to?  That’s the size of 10 billion photos on Facebook. When you start getting into 20 petabytes, you begin looking at crazy numbers, for 20 petabytes is the amount of data that Google processes on a single day. And get this, the total manufactured hardrive space in 1995 was equal to about 20 petabytes.  Ready for  a stat sure to shake you out of your boots? 50 petabytes, only 30 more than 20 obviously, is equal to the entire written collection of work by all of mankind (in all languages) since the dawn of civilization.  So, when you consider that Google processes 20 petabytes in a single day, it’s not inconceivable at all to think it will one day have records of every single text in human history. I mean, they are already processing more than 50 petabytes of data in a given week.

Since this graphic was created by Mozy, you might be wondering how many petabytes Mozy has stored, and the answer to that question is roughly 15 petabytes.  The graphic contains many intriguing facts, such as the fact that that worldwide datacenters now annually consume as much energy as Sweden. Hardrives are getting larger and larger, but they remain affordable because the price of them continues to go down. In 2007, Hitachi announced the world’s first terabyte hard drive which holds 1000 Gigabytes.  One company, Colossal storage, predicts that it will have a 1.2 petabyte hard drive on the market in the next 2-5 years.  Ok, let’s jump into the grading portion.

Design: A-

The graphic doesn’t rely on fancy gimmicks–it goes for elegant simplicity, and it delivers.  The graphic’s plain yet visually appealing color scheme shows in many ways how less is more.

Content: A-

I am giving the content high marks as well.  A top-notch research job by Mozy.  A superb collection of facts. A cool, silicon avatar. Overall, a very impressive graphic.

Halloween Facts Infographic

Halloween Facts Infographic

Halloween timeline infographic

What a very cool infographic we have here, Dotty. I’m partial to any infographic that focuses on the origin of holidays–I’ll admit that. But I think by any standard this is an infographic of the highest order. It’s chock full of facts about Halloween.

Ever wondered about the origins of that certain holiday that’s right around the corner? The greatest holiday in the history of human civilization to be precise…Well, wonder no more. The holiday has its origins with the Celts, who celebrated the last day of October as Samhain–the final day of their calendar year. Sidebar: I hope after the world ends during the winter solstice of 2012 we can revert back to the Celts calendar. I much preferred that calendar over the current one. (Yes, I’m very old. My uncle was a Spinosaurus.) By 43 AD, the Romans had conquered the Celtics, and to torture the Celts by mutilating their traditions, they decided to merge Samhain with a holiday to celebrate the goddess of fruit. Fast forward to 800 AD. Pope Boniface IV decided to designate November 1st as All Saints Day, making October 31st All-hallows Eve. Now, there’s a huge gap between 800 AD and the early 1800’s that’s glossed over, but putting that aside for the moment (I’ll discuss it in the grading portion), the 1800’s was a time for Halloween to officially became a community holiday. Costumes, parties etc. entered into the mix in that era, and by the 1950’s, businesses had fully commercialized the holiday.

So, what are the ingredients in candy corn? (Good for your teeth. Good for your soul). Well, I know this may shock you, but 55% of the candy is composed of sugar. Let me send you another shockwave. 14.8% of the treat is made up of corn syrup. Wait, I’m not done sending shocks through your system. Unsalted butter comprises 7.29% of the snack. How bout them apples? (candy apples). Speaking of candy apples, how come they haven’t been given any love by this graphic? Yes, why don’t we examine the flaws in this graphic now. Let’s begin the grading roundup segment.

Design: A

I applaud the maker of this graphic. The design is fresh, grabs you in, and never lets go. It’s a joyride that ends with the sweet, sweet fruit of a candy corn.

Content: A-

I would have awarded an A, but I had one small issue with timeline segment.  The creators decided to leave the 1,000 years between the year 800 and 1800 unmentioned. I was intrigued by the history lesson and wanted to hear a bit more.

Overall, a very nice graphic.

Graphic supplied by classesandcareers.com.

Google By the Numbers Infographic

Google By the Numbers Infographic


Just how massive is Google (in real terms) you ask? More specifically, how many pages are in its index?  That is the question this aesthetically pleasing infographic attempts to answer. Even though the precise number of pages in Google’s index is a closely-guarded secret, this graphic relies on math to make an educated guess at the exact number.  And that number is..(drumroll please) 40 billion.

That’s quite a lot of pages if I do say so. Google is 1,600 times the size of what it was when it began.  According to the graphic, if you were some insane loon who felt the need to display all of Google’s indexed sites on a single monitor, the screen would have to be 6 million miles from corner to corner.  So, get cracking.  It should only take you about 150 years to build such a monitor.

The graphic covers many other aspects of Google besides its index, such as gmail, youtube (which it acquired in 2006), the business side of Google, and other “stuff” (ie. random facts).  Among the fascinating tidbits, gmail’s current storage allowance is equivalent to 1.74 billion full audio CDs. Another intriguing piece of info: because there are 1.5 billion images in Google, you would need 112 million floppy disks if you wanted to store them all.  Now, here’s where its gets scary (but the good kind of scary).  Google hopes to  index about 100 petabytes of information in the near future, which is equal to half of all printed material in human history.

Now, let’s delve into the grading segment.

Design: A-

This graphic’s design is fast and furious. Barely gasping for breath, the graphic sucks you in and never lets go.  A nice color scheme coupled with compelling images and charts makes this creation extremely well-done.

Content: B+

The content side contains many unique facts–not run of the mill items either.  Interesting tidbits that make you stop and say, “whoa, that’s amazing” flow throughout. There is one mark against this graphic from a content perspective, hampering it from breaking the B+ barrier.  The creator must learn the difference between revenue and profit.  The youtube portion presents a chart that says, “No revenue.”  What they actually mean to say is “No profit,” considering the graphic just discussed that youtube does in fact generate revenue, but only from 14% of its 1 billion videos each day.

Overall, I was impressed by this work. One policy that Google must change though: they ought to allow cats on site, not just dogs.  It’s an  interesting policy decision because usually it’s the other way around.

Graphic courtesy of computerschool.org

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Education By the Numbers Infographic

Education By the Numbers Infographic


Microsoft Education has created a beautiful infographic to display raw numbers on various elements of education in America.  The graphic really exposes the imbalance in many areas.  For instance, there are 1.23 billion students in pre-kindgergarten to high school and only 170 million students in higher education programs by contrast.  That’s quite a disparity.  To break that down into more detail, there are 35 million students in pre-kindgergarten through grade 8 and 14.8 million in grades 9 to 12. Now, here’s where it gets interesting; there are 18.5 million students in higher education, meaning that there are actually more people in higher education than there are in grades 9 to 12.

Here’s an interesting tidbit: there are 5.8 million students in private school and 3.3 million public school teachers.  That means that there are almost as many students in private school as there are teachers in public school.  Hard to believe that one.  There are more women than men in colleges (not surprising given that there are more women in the population overall), and in 2008, women earned only 18% of all computer science degrees, keeping the stereotype alive.e are 1.23 billion students in pre-kindgergarten to high school.  This means of course that the largest chunk of students are in the pre-k to 8th grade bracket, and this is tilting the scale tremendously.

The bottom of the graphic plugs Microsoft office.  It notes that each year, Americans through away enough office paper and products to build a 12 foot wall from New York to California.  And this is the reason, argues the graphic, that people should go “completely green” and switch to Microsoft OneNote, a digital notebook available in Microsoft office 2010 or for free via Office Web Apps.

Now, for my favorite section, the grading section.

Design: B

This infographic surely delivers. It is unique, and displays the information in a well-organized manner.  Definitely the type of infographic that you would want to add to any collection of top-tier infographics.

Content: B+

Even though the content was basically just data, Microsoft found a way to make it captivating, and they threw in a few interesting facts, namely the fact that every year Americans dispose of enough paper garbage to build a 12 foot wall from New York to California.

Microsoft needs to be praised for a job well-done on this graphic.

Graphic courtesy of Microsoft.com.

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