How Are Smartphones Being Used?

Did you know that just recently smartphone penetration hit 40 percent? Have you ever wondered though how those smartphone users are using their mobile phones? To help you get a better understanding of how smartphones are being used, the team at Tatango compiled data from the Pew Research Centers Internet & American Life Project and created the infographic above. I think they should have also included the percentage for “making and receiving phone calls” – then again, that’s probably assumed to be around 99%.


The Real Chef Boyardee


Photo: Stewart, Tabori & Chang

NPR has a wonderful short audio clip from a member of the Boiardi family that made the canned food pasta known as Chef Boyardee famous back in the early 1920′s. As nasty as some of you may think it is, I actually enjoyed cooking and eating Chef Boyardee when I was younger. It was very easy to make and served as a quick bite to eat after school when my parents weren’t necessarily around to cook me up an afternoon snack.

It turns out that Chef Boiardi is a real person and an actual chef that started the company with his brothers by selling the pasta sauce made famous in the family’s Cleveland restaurant. Fascinating history to be learned here.

Subway Restaurants Now Outnumber McDonald’s

McDonald’s title as the world’s largest restaurant chain has been lost to Subways restaurants which now currently operate 33,749 locations worldwide. But don’t worry if you’re on team McDonald’s because the McDonald’s chain still reigns as king when it comes down to the amount of sales it makes per customer. YUM! Nothing like healthy competition and $5 subs! Oh and by the way, the picture above is a Subway Franchise in Kuwait.

200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes

This is great teaching. I wish I had this teaching tool for a lot of things I was learning in school. Not to mention the history here is great.

Hans Rosling’s famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport’s commentator’s style to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before – using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section of ‘The Joy of Stats’ he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.

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Why Other Lines Always Seem To Move Faster Than Yours

I loved this video from Engineer Guy about the science and reasoning behind why some lines always seem to move faster than the one you are currently standing in. By explaining the research of Danish engineer Agner Erlang, this video might better help you beat the lines this holiday season — or at least put you ahead of the curve when it comes to single-line-multiple-cashier checkout setups. [via]

Facebook Break-ups

David McCandless and Lee Byron scoured public Facebook records for the words “break up” or “broken up” and graphed out the data in the handy chart above. Their data mining allowed them to visually see when couples tend to break up throughout the year. It was also found that most breakups happened on a Monday, presumably following a bust up at the weekend, with Christmas day being the lowest day of the year for breakups.

This data above was used in a TED talk given by David McCandless’ which you can watch below. There’s much more interesting factoids in his talk so I encourage you to take the time out to watch it.

via The New York Times