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Top Shocking Security Breaches in History

Top Shocking Security Breaches in History

Take a look back through time at some of the world’s most shocking – and in some cases most deadly – security breaches, including the assassination of Franz Ferdinand (largely credited as a major factor in the start of World War I), the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre as well as the 9/11 attacks, in this infographic from domestic and commercial security specialists 1st Ace Security.


The History of Gaming

The story of Gaming has seen some interesting milestones in history. Its evolution is both exciting and eclectic. One of history’s most enigmatic general’s, Napoleon, loved the game of Blackjack, while fiction’s most commercial commodity, James Bond, has often been associated with Baccarat. This and more facts are available in GamingClub.com/au ’s informative and artistically appealing info graphic which traces the important dates in the progression of one of mankind’s oldest , fun and at times very enriching past times.

Infographic Review

Infographic Design: A

The timeline looks great with this design the images are nicely illustrated and give the infographic a historical feel.

Infographic Information: B

The information is interesting to read for those who like to gamble. It is always nice to see how something starts.


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The History of the FDIC

The History of the FDIC


This infographic is hard to read on our page, but it is chock full of interesting information.  Too bad it’s too hard to read.

Information About the FDIC

FDIC stands for Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  It was established in 1933 by the Banking Act of 1933 and then the Banking Act of 1935 gave the FDIC the authority to get financial information from all insured, state-charted banks not supervised by the Federal Reserve.  The FDIC is an independent agency of the federal government.  In 1934 their role was to insure each depositor to at least $2,500 per insured bank.  Today the number  is $250,000.  This all came about because of bank failures that followed the Great Depression.  Since its inception, the FDIC is proud that not a single penny of insured funds has been lost.

 In the Past

The first US Bank was chartered in 1791.  In 1819 the federal government required all banks to provide regular banking reports.  In 1836 federal law gave the Secretary of the Treasury the authority to collect information on state banks that were used as federal depositories.  In 1934 the FDIC opened and began to publish annual statistics on the banking industry.  Between 1935 and 954 the data and statistics were formalized and more complex studies were requested.  In 1960 the FDIC began computerization.  In 1972 reports became available to the public, and in 1993 the FDIC’s information became available online.

The Present

The FDIC today examines and supervises over 4,900 banks for “operational safety and soundness” to maintain compliance with various consumer protection laws that require banks to help meet the financial needs of consumers.  The FDIC has an insurance fund used to cover losses from bank failures.

What it Means to You

FDIC-insured institutions are growing, which means that your money could be safer, as long you deposit your money in an FDIC-insured bank.


Design: C

Pretty blue, but kind of boring.  I did like in the “past” part where they put the dates on pennies.  Clever.  The rest of the graphics are uninspiring.

Information: B

A great informative infographic, if you have no idea what the FDIC is.

Source: FDIC history from Nationwide Bank

Visual History of Christmas Trees

Visual History of Christmas Trees

Christmas Tree

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.”


Design:  A

Very attractive

Information:  A

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

Source:  Christmas Tree Market

Casino Statistics Infographic

Casino Statistics Infographic


Here we find facts about casinos all over the world.  The introduction tells us that worldwide, the casino industry is expected to make $144 billion in 2011.  That’s a lot of dough.  Gaming companies are in constant competition, offering special incentives (comps) for high rollers, buying more and more extravagant properties, and offering cash sign-up bonuses for online players.  Here are some facts and statistics about the casino world.

Expected Growth

In a comparison of regional share of the global casino gaming market between 2009 and 2014, we see that there is a large difference in the Asia Pacific region of the world – 22% in 2009 compared to 41% in 2014.  There will be a decrease in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, as well as Canada and the US to make up for this increase in Asia Pacific.  In 2009, the US held 57% of the global market, but in 2014, it will only hold 435.

Another graph shows that the monetary share of the global market will coincide and agree with the regional share.  The Asia Pacific region will make the most amount of money, etc.

Top 10 Most Expensive Casino Properties

The next section shows a small picture of the most expensive casinos int he world, along with how much they cost, how many rooms they have, and how many square feet of gaming space they have.  For instance, the Venetian Las Vegas cost $1.7 billion, has 4,049 rooms, and boasts 120,000 square feet of gaming space.  The most expensive, shown larger than the others, is the City Center Las Vegas, which cost $9 billion, has 4,004 rooms, and has 205,000 square feet of gaming space.  It sits on 67 acres of the Las Vegas Strip and is “the largest privately funded construction project in the history of the United States.”  Two smaller graphs show the largest casinos in terms of tables.  The Venetian Macau has the most at 800 tables.  It also has the most amount of gaming machines at 3,400, shown in a separate graph.

House Edge of Popular Casino Games

This section explores the odds of winning at different types of games.  The house edge on Craps is .60%.  The house edge on Blackjack is .80%.  The house edge on Baccarat is 1.63%, and the house edge on Roulette is 2.7%.  For poker, the house edge is 3.4%, and the house edge on Slots is 2-15%, depending on the type of slot machine and the casino.  Each of these pieces of information is accompanied by a photo of each game, and a short description.

Online Casinos

It is projected that online gambling will grow from its 2009 percentage at a rate of 38% by 2012.  Overall gambling growth is only projected to grow by 15%, which is less than half of the growth rate on online gambling.  Internet gambling is still illegal in some countries, but it is on its way to gaining a lot of acceptance internationally.

Top 10 Online Casino Sites

This section features ten poker chips with the logo of each casino site in the center.  The casinos are listed by popularity, with Rome Casino being the most popular, and Diceland being the 10th most popular.


Design:  B

It’s busy, but then so are casinos, so that kind of fits.  I really like the design of the header, but I don’t like the way all the data was presented, especially the top 10 online casino sites section.

Information:  B-

In the most expensive casinos, part, it would have been nice if they had told you where each casino is located.  In some it is obvious because the city is included in the name, but that isn’t the case for every one.  Showing the urls for each of the online casinos would have been helpful, as well.

Source:  Casino Top Lists – Online Casino Guide

How to Buy a Used Car Infographic

How to Buy a Used Car Infographic

net cars

This handy infographic gives you tips on buying a used car.  And in today’s economy, that’s about all we can afford, right?  This infographic aims to keep you from buying a lemon.

The first thing you see is a “quick reference guide” that points out the different parts of a car you should be concerned with.

After that, the  infographic delves in to 20 things you need to remember when buying a used car, including things about the “tyres.”  This is a UK infographic.  I checked with our resident Brit, and he says that be it a “tyre” or a “tire,” they are right that if it’s bald it’s no good.

Other things to consider are the brakes, the paint, the service history, whether the car has been tested and taxed, the clutch, the company selling the car, the oil, the exhaust, whether or not anyone’s used the car for racing, any modifications that have been made, and whether or not the car is a fair price.  Another thing they mention is that it is important to find out how much it costs to insure the car you’re considering.  It doesn’t do you any good to buy a used car if you can’t afford to insure it.

Is the car a “cut and shut?”  This is when someone welds the front of one car to the back of another car and passes it off as a whole car.

Does the car drive straight?  Has it ever been in an accident?  Does the person who owns it have the right to sell it?  Does the VIN on the chassis match the VIN in the service book?  Are the seats, floors, and other interior in good condition?

The infographic urges you to conduct a private sale at the buyer’s home.  That way, if something goes wrong, you know where they live.  Don’t meet in a neutral location.  Odds are the seller is up to something.  Also, dont’ be afraid to haggle.  You never know until you try, right?

All in all, no matter where you live, each piece of advice is sound and good to follow.

Score Card

Design:  A

I like the use of white, blue, and orange.  The colors pop, but it isn’t too busy, and overall the infographic is easy on the eyes.  I like the font used, I like the image at the beginning, and I think the icons they used for the 20 tips look almost like a driver’s manual, which has a neat effect.

Information:  A

All the information is good.  Some of the tips are obvious, but that is good.  It just reinforces what the reader already knows, which makes the information the reader didn’t know that much more credible.  The information is presented in an attainable writing style, and even though it’s a UK-based infographic, the knowledge one gains can be used anywhere.  The information is not UK-specific, per se.

Source: used car infographic by Netcars

Voice Over History Infographic

Voice Over History Infographic


You can’t see it very well, because the print is small and this website will only allow an infographic to be but so wide, but you can click on the image to enlarge it, or you can go to the source to see the whole shebang.  I never really thought much about voiceovers, except for my uncanny ability to point out when Tim Allen is the voice behind that car ad, etc.  But I digress.

From the Top

A handy graph shows us that the most VO (voice over) talent agencies are located in Los Angeles.  No big shocker there.  Next is Toronto, then New York, then Chicago.  Those are the top 4, but they list other cities as well.  It would be neat to also see a graph of the amount of voice actors in each of those cities.

Next we see a map of the US, with the right-to-work states marked in gray, and the major market states marked in white.  I guess this is supposed to show us how the three major market cities are in states that aren’t right-to-work states?  Sure enough, California, Illinois, and New York are forced-union states.

At the top right of the infographic there is a small box that tells us what voice actors make.  Not bad.  Not bad at all.

The Timeline

The timeline takes us all the way back to the 1860’s, when a typesetter and librarian made a “phono-autograph” of a woman singing “Au Clair de Lune.”  In the 1870’s, the microphone invented.  In 1877, Thomas Edison made a recording of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on a “phonograph” that could record sound and play it back.

In the 1890’s, the first talking toy was invented.

In the early 1900’s, radio broadcasts came to pass, along with some controversy as to who thought of it first. In the 1920’s, specifically in 1922, radio ads became legal.  By 1929, the biggest form of entertainment were radio serials.  In 1925, the transistor radio was invented, and in 1929, Mickey Mouse spoke for the first time.

In 1933, the Screen Actors Guild was formed, and in 1937 The American Federation of Radio Artists formed its charter.  Also in 1937, digital recording started getting invented.

In 1941 the first legal TV ad aired.  It was for Bulova watches.  In 1947 the Taft-Harley Act was enacted to better monitor union activity.

In the 1950’s advertising really took off.  In 1951, the Wilhelm Scream was invented and voiced by Sheb Wooley.

In the 1960’s, dubbing started taking place – so foreign movies were offered with some ferociously bad overdubbing.

In the 1970’s, we started having “blockbuster” movies and thus the need for the movie trailer.  Hence, a bump in the voiceover industry.

In the 1980’s, video games came to be, so more voice work came  out of that.  Later, an ISDN came to life and was defined, and would provide the foundation for today’s VOIP.

In the 1990’s, the internet got really popular, and in 1992 the voice actors from The Simpsons got an Emmy.

In the 2000’s, Online/P2P Casting came about, mucking things up for the voice talent agencies.  SaVoa, the Society of Accredited Voice Over Actors formed in 2007, and that same year the VoiceOver International Creative Experience launched in Las Vegas.


Design:  C+

I hate the background color, and the words are too small.

Information:  A

What a lot of information!  Well organized, it may have been better to convey the same information in a different visual manner.

Source:  scottreyns.com.

Paxil:  The Facts’ll Disturb You Infographic

Paxil: The Facts’ll Disturb You Infographic


We’re told right off the bat that the fact here will disturb us.  Right away, the design interests me.  It looks like embossed lettering on parchment paper, for the most part.  It’s peach.  It’s tone-on-tone.  Nothing really stands out.

General Info

They tell us what Paxil is used to treat.  The words “Paxil is prescribed to treat…” are darker than any other words in this quadrant of the infographic, so it draws the eye below the first paragraph, which gives a short history of the drug and tells us it’s an SSRI antidepressant.  Your eyes jump back over to the “Paxil is prescribed to treat” section and you see that it is prescribed for major depression, OCD, PTSD, Panic disorder, Social anxiety disorder, Generalized anxiety disorder, and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.


Paxil was the 5th-most prescribed antidepressant in the US in 2006 and 2007.  Again, in this section the information is mostly tone-on-tone and very subtle, but the most prominent thing is the graphic – of a pill bottle and a prescription pad.  Paxil apparently ranked 194th in the list of bestselling drugs, and over 19.7 million Paxil prescriptions have been written.  In 2007 Paxil brought in $1 billion in sales, and in 2009 it brought in $793 million.

Common Adverse Side Effects

A list of side effects caused by Paxil are then compared with the relative effects of a placebo. In every case, the Paxil had more of an instance of the side effect than the placebo, though the numbers for both were, in each case, less than 25% for each except nausea, a common side effect with many medications.  A light graphic to the side states that up to 8% of psychiatric patients treated with Paxil (or, rather, the main ingredient paroxetine) experience mania or hypomania – s0mething they say is a serious side effect, but they don’t tell you what it is.  I guess most people know.

Side Effects and Birth Defects

The drug safety info from the FDA is quoted as saying that PAXIL CR can harm an unborn baby.  The list of possible side effects and birth defects is enough to make any future mother cringe.


So far, there have been about 1000 lawsuits filed against GlaxoSmithKline because of birth defects.  As early as July 2010, the company agreed to pay $1 to settle 800 birth defect lawsuit.  Each family who filed a suit received about $1.2 million.  Does that mean GlaxoSmithKline is done paying?  What will happen to the families still impacted by this?

Design:  B

I don’t love the tone-on-tone idea, but it is original, and it makes the images stand out, which I guess is a good thing.

Information:  B+

Disturbing facts, for sure, but presented well and thorough.

Source:  http://www.paxilbirthdefectlaw.com

The Influential Power of Print Infographic

The Influential Power of Print Infographic

Influential Power of Print

For as long as man has been able to put pen to paper, the exchange of text and imagery between people has enabled knowledge to be spread throughout societies. As the technology of print has evolved, so has the speed at which information can be shared.

Today, it’s hard to picture our lives without the medium of print. It is behind the foundational aspect of our social fibre – religion, science, theory, technology and even money. From the birth of the bible, to the use of propaganda in World War II and the most inspiring novels of our time, this infographic looks how print has influenced and shaped society throughout history.


Infographic by PrinterInks,
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Supercar Rivalary – Ferrari vs. Lamborghini Infographic

Supercar Rivalary – Ferrari vs. Lamborghini Infographic

Supercar Rivalry

For those of us who can’t afford to buy one of each and test out their merits, these nice people have created an infographic to tell us, when our ship does eventually come in, whether we should lean to a Ferrari or a Lamborghini.  Meaning, we learn everything we can about each, and decide which one we like better.  Or, we at least learn a lot about luxury, sporty, sexy cars.

The Battle

Both cars are Italian in origin.  The CEO of Ferrari is Amedeo Felisa, while the CEO of Lamborghini is Stephan Winkelman.  Ferrari was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929, while Lamborghini was founded by Ferrucio Lamborghini in 1963.  So far, comparisons of the actual car are not present in the infographic, though it is interesting to learn this bit of history.  Moving onward, we will learn more history.

Brief History

Scuderia Ferrari was founded as a race team in 1928.  Supposedly, years later Ferrucio Lamborghini was snubbed by Ferrari and decided to make his own fancy car.

First Road Cars

For Ferrari, it came in 1947 and was the 125S.  For Lamborghini, it came in 1964 in the form of a 350 GT.

Current Owners, Units Sold, Net Revenue, Largest Market Countries

Fiat owns Ferrari, and Audi owns Lamborghini.  In 2010 Ferrari sold 6,573 units, while Lamborghini sold 1,302.  It would be helpful to see how many units each car maker PRODUCED, because that could skew the data, but oh well.  Net revenue for Ferrari was $2.7 billion in 2010, while it was $382 million for Lamborghini.  In 2010, the largest market countries for Ferrari were the U.S. and Italy, while Lamborghini did best in China, and also the U.S.

Current Offerings

Ferrari is currently offering the FF, California, and 599GTB models, while Lamborghini is offering the Gallardo LP560-4, the Spyder, and soon will be offering the Aventador.  It would have been nice to see the price tags on each model.  That would also help us better understand the net revenue.  Better yet, it would have been nice to see not only the price for each car, but the number of units of each that were sold in 2010.  But that’s just me.  Hungry for more data.

Best Selling and Fastest Models

The bestselling Ferrari ever is the 360 at over 17,000 coupes and convertibles sold between 1999 and 2004.  The bestselling Lamborghini is the Gallazdo, selling 10,000 coupes and convertibles between 2004 and June 2010.  The fastest Ferrari is the Enzo, which can go 217 mph – 0 to 60 in .34 seconds.  The Aventador LP700-4 by Lamborghini  the fastest.   It can go 217 mph as well, but can go 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds.

Most Expensive Models

For Ferrari, the most expensive model is the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, which sold for $12,402,500.  There were only 22 made.  Lamborghini’s most expensive model is the 2007 Revention, which cost $1,600,000.  There were only 20 of those ever built.

Celebrity Crashes

Cristiano Ronaldo wrecked his 599 GTB Ferrari, and Russell Brand crashed his Gallazdo Supezleggeza Lamborghini.  I don’t know why this section is in here.

Cost to Insure

They don’t give you the cost.  Instead, they quote J.P. Morgan, who said “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.”

And the Winner Is…

They don’t tell you.  They just tell you that you can always get a Porsche Boxter if you can’t afford a Ferrari or Lamborghini.

Design:  B-

There is too much wasted space.  I like that they used the fonts for Ferrari and Lamborghini, respectively, but the Lamborghini font is kind of hard to read.

Information:  B-

As I mentioned above, I would have liked to have seen the data for the most popular models in terms of price and units sold, instead of just getting that information for the most expensive models.  Also, a pet peeve of mine – don’t set up a competition between two things and refuse to pick one as winner.

Source:  Car Insurance List and Affordable Car Insurance

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