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Have a Safe Christmas With Your Pets

Have a Safe Christmas With Your Pets

Christmas is a fun time of year with decorations and Christmas trees all over the house, but our pets are not used to all of these new things. This infographic explains what items in your home may not be safe for your pets, but don’t worry here are some tips to help you keep your pets safe at Christmas.

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The 12 Days of Holiday Storage

The 12 Days of Holiday Storage

Buying holiday decorations, taking them out of the box and hanging them up is easy and exciting, but when it comes to putting decorations away it can be a nightmare. Figuring out where to store your holiday decorations can be a pain, while at the same time taking up valuable space and cluttering your home. To keep your home clutter free, ezStorage, a self storage company has created a fun and festive infographic that can help you store your holiday decorations properly without taking up valuable space and preserve your decorations for many more holidays to come. Just a fair warning, this infographic is pretty catchy if sung out loud to the tune of “12 Days of Christmas”!

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Do You Work for a Scrooge or a Santa?

Do You Work for a Scrooge or a Santa?

At Christmas time most people are happy and extra nice due to the holiday spirit, but is your manager? The infographic below shows how managers feel about the holiday season. Check out the infographic below to see how your boss or manger compares.

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Infographic Review

Infographic Design: B+

The layout of the design works well the only issue I have is that for this being a Christmas infographic, the design does not reflect this. The images are Christmas images, but the colors black, blue and pink, are not at all Christmas colors.

Infographic Information: B

The information provides and interesting look into how a few managers feel about the holiday at work.

 

Infographic provided by Managers.org.uk

 

13 Fun Christmas Facts That You Might Not Believe

13 Fun Christmas Facts That You Might Not Believe

Ever wondered where the biggest Christmas tree is? The size of the biggest snowman? The fastest time someone has ever decorated a Christmas tree? How many turkeys we eat at Christmas? Gift Cookie has dug through the depths of the internet to find 13 of the most interesting and surprising festive facts and statistics and presented them in a timely fashion in this infographic; 13 Christmas Crackers Yule Never Believe.

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Pets At Christmas

Pets At Christmas

We all love our pets and most of want to include them in our Christmas celebrations as well. This infographic looks at just how many people buy gifts for their pets and how much are they spending.
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Infographic Review

Infographic Design: B+

I enjoyed all the christmas colors as well as the unique fonts that were used.

Infographic Information: B

It is no surprise that so many people give christmas presents to their pets but it is interesting to see the data of just how much we spend.

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The Anatomy of Christmas

The Anatomy of Christmas

Do you know how much the average house spends?Will it snow during the festive period? How does Father Christmas visit all of those houses?

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Infographic Review

Infographic Design: B+

The design for this infographic screams Christmas. Great use of holiday images and colors.

Infographic Information: B

The information is interesting and does a great job sharing unique and fun facts about Christmas.

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Many people are going to be out shopping on Black Friday 2012 to get the best deal for all of their Christmas presents. This infogrpahic breaks down Black Friday and Cyber Monday information to give you a better understanding of these major shopping days.

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Infographic Review

Infographic Design: B

The design for this infographic is not what I was expecting. I thought I would see fall colors or at least bright colors but instead I see black and red. I actually really like this because it takes the name Black Friday and uses that as inspiration for the theme. The black, reds, and whites all work together to make this infographic standout. I like the black and white image of the people walking on the street because it gives the impression of lots of people shopping but also sticks with the black and white theme.

Infographic Information: A

The information on this infographic is interesting and gives the Black Friday madness some sense. It gives readers the top 10 retailers online and in the store who did well last year. This can be good for shoppers to see which stores have the best deals. I like that it also shows the top electronics and video game products of 2012. This information is a fun read for anyone into the Black Friday and Cyber Monday rush.

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Intel Serves Up Christmas

Intel Serves Up Christmas

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Better than try to explain it myself, here is how the infogrphic explains itself – “We know that people are going to be busy watching movies this Christmas and that movie making today is heavily reliant upon computer server technology….But did you know that Intel based servers are also working behind the scenes to bring you all of these other Christmas experiences?”  Let’s take a look:

Watching  A Movie

The average film runs about 127 minutes.  It takes multiple servers one week to render 3 seconds of a movie.  So, if there are 60 seconds to every minute, and roughly 127 minutes to each movie…well, you do the math.  That a lot of computing.

Searching For Gifts Online

800 million European web users use the internet to find gift ideas.  Intel is inside over 90% of the annual 8 million times 86 servers shipped globally.

On-The-Go Shopping

eBay anticipated 3 purchases from a mobile device every second in 2011.  For every 600 smartphones or 121 tablets one Intel server is needed to get the content to load.

Shopping Online

UK consumers will spend £3.72 billion in the two weeks leading up to Christmas.  Intel works with MasterCard to make your shopping experience secure.

Intel and Christmas Dinner

Intel is everywhere.  From the potato chips you eat to the cardboard boxes your gifts arrive in, Intel is involved with all of it.

Gift Delivery

DHL, the shipping company, manages a million transactions per hour.  That is managed by a data center that is powered by Intel.  Most logistics companies use Intel technology.  The basic top of the line Intel server can handle 2,500 online transactions per second.

Christmas Wishes

In 2010 209 million European Facebook users accounted for more than 10% of web activity on Christmas Day.  Most of your phone calls and emails pass through an Intel server at some point – in fact, 75% or more of Google and Facebook’s traffic are handled through Intel-based servers.  Facebook saw a 62% performance improvement after switching to Intel’s latest servers.  As many as 25 million people will send holiday wishes over Skype this year.

Google Search

Some of the most searched terms on Google leading up to this Christmas are:

10. Christmas Gifts

9. Christmas Songs

8. Christmas Trees

7. Christmas Markets

6. Christmas Decoration

5. Christmas Cards

4. Christmas Gifts

3. Christmas Ideas

2. Christmas Tree

1. Christmas Lights

Scorecard

Design:  A-

Very attractive, though some of the text is hard to read.

Information:  A

Though the data pertains to Europe, I think we can assume that Intel’s pretty important in the U.S. as well.

Source:  Intel Server Products

Visual History of Christmas Trees

Visual History of Christmas Trees

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Just in time for the holidays, this infographic tells all about the history of Christmas trees.  The blurb at the top tells about the beginning of the Christmas tree, and we’re given a code (via colored Christmas lights) as to whether each entry on the timeline is a landmark tree, the invention of a decoration, something about Christmas culture, or a fact about the tree industry.  Since this infographic is in a timeline format, it’s pretty hard to slap subheaders on the review, so we’ll just review some  of the facts.

The first decorated Christmas tree appeared in Latvia in 1600.  The first artificial tree, offered by Sears, Roebuck & Company, became available in 1883.  It cost $.50for 33 limbs and $1.00 for 55 limbs.

In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt said that it was bad to cut down trees for decoration.  Lots of people wanted artificial trees after that.

In the 1910’s people used glass candle holders and candles to light their trees.  Electric lights already existed, but they were dangerous AND expensive.  Also in the 1910’s, over-harvesting led to shortages of evergreen trees, so tree farms started up in the 1920’s to meet demand.  Also in the 1920’s, feathered trees hit the market.  They were imported from Germany, and were available in miniature (2 inches tall) and full size (6 feet tall).

In 1923 they started decorating the National Christmas Tree.  A storm knocked it over in 2011 so a new tree was planted.

In the 1930’s, the Brush company manufactured the first bristle trees.  Also, in 1933, the tradition of the tree in Rockefeller Center started.  The tallest one of those ever was a 30 foot spruce that held the spot in 1999.

In the 1940’s, the West Coast decided they wanted some more Christmas spirit, so they came up with flocking kits that made your tree look like it was covered in snow.  Also in the 1940’s (1946, to be exact), bubble lights were invented.

In the 1950’s, aluminum trees came out as the first non-green artificial trees.  Also in the 1950’s, Disneyland’s Main Street got its 60 foot tall tree for the first time.  They used live trees until 2008, and then got eco friendly and started using artificial trees.  Also in the 1950’s we met the Grinch for the first time (1957).

The 1960’s brought is A Charlie Brown Christmas, and because of that movie’s negative portrayal of artificial Christmas trees, there was a decline in sales.  The power of the Peanuts.

In the 1970’s and 1980’s, plastic trees became available, offering a green alternative and seeing many, many sales.  In 1980, the largest tree ever was lit in Gubbio, Italy.  It was 650 meters tall, and used over 8.5 kilometers of cable.  In 1989, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation came out, and is still one of the best-loved holiday films of all time.

The 1990’s saw a rise in the use of artificial trees – 46% of home used them.  Fiber-optic trees were introduced in the 1990’s as well.

In 2000 US politicians debated as to whether or not to call Christmas trees Christmas trees.  Sales boomed, however, and by 2004 58% of home used artificial trees.  In 2007, over 17.4 million artificial trees were sold.  In 2001, the industry saw the introduction of the lifelike polyethylene trees that are still popular today.

“Today, artificial trees range from lifelike to glamorous, complete with spinning motors, multi-colored lights, and polyethylene plastics.”

Scorecard

Design:  A

Very attractive

Information:  A

Who knew?  Now we know the whole history of Christmas trees.

Source:  Christmas Tree Market

Holiday Tipping Infographic

Holiday Tipping Infographic

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Ah, the holidays.  Wait, have we said that before?  This infographic, created by New Yorkers, gives you an idea of how much you should tip certain people for the holidays.  Granted, in New York there are a lot of people to tip, but I’m betting that people in many different towns and cities have helpers they need to tip, and this guide gives you a good idea.  And, if you’re like me and too poor to have a housekeeper, handyman, etc., at least you know how much you’re saving by not having to tip those nonexistent people in your life.  But I digress…

What to Tip?

Your superintendent or resident manager should get on average $75 to $175 for the holiday tip.  Tip your doorman anywhere from $25 to $150.  For the porter or handyman, $20 to $30 should supposedly suffice, though I wonder if I care more about the guy who takes my rent check every month or the guy who came out at 2 AM to fix my dishwasher.  The garage attendant is supposed to get $25 to $75.  As for domestic helpers, a nanny should get a week’s salary as a Christmas tip, a babysitter should get the equivalent of an evening’s pay, and the housekeeper should also get a week’s salary.

Your newspaper carrier should get $5 to $15 dollars.  Your hairdresser should get $25 to $100 (I guess depending on how your hair looks that day…), your manicurist should get $10 to $50, and the dog walker should get a week’s salary.  Dog walker?  Really?

When to Tip

It is acceptable to give out your holiday tips anytime in December through February, but most people give their cash gifts, aka tips, in the weeks before Christmas.

Unusual Gifts

Some people decide to give gifts that aren’t cash.  Some strange gifts that have been given to doormen include perfume, a used car, a smoking jacket, and some CDs, and other people have given baked goods, wine or champagne, or cuff links.

100 Year’s Perspective

This is an interesting chart that shows the dollar equivalents between tips in 1911 and 2011.  For instance, $3.00 to the maid in 1911 comes out to $68.75 today.  Check out the chart for more dollar equivalents.

Scorecard

Design:  B-

It’s kind of fuzzy, and I’m not crazy about the graphics or the colors used.

Information:  A-

Good information, if you need to know how much to tip the people who make your day to day life easier for you.

Source: Holiday Tipping Infographic presented by apartment rental reviews site Rentenna.com, with thanks to the BrickUnderground 2011 Holiday Tipping Guide.