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Can’t Think Of What Shot To Do? This Infographic Will Help

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From The Roosevelts, via FAIL Blog

Commuting Is Really Expensive

This is a pretty cool infographic that makes the point that for the median salary, each mile of commuting costs 800$/year; so if you commute 12 miles to work, you could’ve bought a 10k$ car that year, if instead you worked from home.

From Streamline Refinance, via Lifehacker

How Long Animals Live

From Information Is Beautiful, via Laughing Squid

Infographic: The Recent History Of Our Food Choices

NPR made an infographic called “Obesity in America“. The highlights:

  • In 2009, only Colorado had an obesity rate under 20%. Twenty years earlier, there were 15 states under that rate.
  • Women lose twice as much money per year due to obesity (about 5k$ vs 2.5k$), and most of that difference is due to lost wages (does this mean thin women make more money? It definitely makes sense for some professions). The biggest cost for both genders, however, is medical.
  • Movie popcorn increased tenfold, from 170 calories in the 1950s to 1700 calories now.
  • In the past decade, fast food sales increased more than 50%. To be fair though, they have a lot healthier stuff on the menu too — alongside the badness.
  • We consume twice as much sugars as we should, and a lot more than in the 1950s.
  • We’re eating more cheese and drinking less milk than we used to. Good! If a sensible test of being vegetarian is “I’ll eat what I would kill myself”, then a corollary should be “I’ll drink milk if I would park myself next to a cow’s udder and go to town.” It’s a strange state of affairs when drinking human milk is (rightly) looked upon as being friggin’ weird, but for some reason drinking cow milk is not just ok: it’s encouraged! Oh, and then let’s make cheese and ice cream out of it too. Perverts.


The Truth About Dangerous Radiation Levels

Our brains don’t understand abstract units very well: how much is a thousand pounds? But we can process data in relative terms pretty well: a thousand pounds is about five guys, or a half of a car. Because of this and the recent news about radiation leakage in Japan, xkcd made a very helpful infographic illustrating radiation absorption in relative terms. The SI unit of absorbed radiation is a sievert, abbreviated Sv, and the graphic shows how much radiation is absorbed under various circumstances, in terms of that unit. Some highlights:

  • Eating a banana gives you more radiation than living within 50 miles of  a nuclear power plant for a year
  • Using those ancient not-flat monitors for a year is equivalent to 10 bananas, or living within 50 miles of a coal power plant for 3 years, or a nuclear one for 11 years.
  • A flight from NY to LA is 4x the normal daily radiation a person is exposed to, also equivalent eating 400 bananas (about a truckload), or getting 8 dental x-rays.
  • 11 days of radiation nearby the Fukushima nuclear power plant that got damaged by the Japan earthquake, is about the same as the flight from NY to LA.
  • The natural potassium in our body over a year is like 10 of the NY-LA flights, or 3 months near the Fukushima power plant.
  • Smoking a pack of cigarettes is like spending two weeks at the Fukushima Town Hall after the accident.
  • Living in a stone, brick or concrete house gives you more than twice the radiation legally released by a nuclear power plant.
  • The daily radiation at Fukushima is a little more than that from a mammogram
  • The lowest radiation level in one year that’s clearly linked to increase in cancer is equivalent to:
    • 4 weeks at Fukushima
    • about 18 chest CT scans,
    • 33 mammograms, or
    • Smoking 913 packs of cigarettes in a year (~18 packs a week)
    • eating one million bananas. That last one would be over 2700 bananas per day.

Updated May 22, 2011 to include info about cigarette radioactivity.

Via Slashdot