As a young child, I loved to dye Easter Eggs. We tried to be as creative as possible and would try to make one half one color and the other half another color. Sometimes we would try to be real tricky and add a middle color, which was no easy task with the paper clip-like dipper.
I was reading USA Today Weekend this morning and saw these creatively painted eggs by USA Today Weekend readers. I feel in data visualization a story can be told many ways. Each one of these eggs tells you a story by its visual appearance.
I wish you a Happy Easter, Happy Passover and good wishes all around.
Epic Easter Eggs, by USA Today Weekend Readers
I could not let Valentine’s Day pass without showing you this vintage Valentine’s Day card. Following today’s political correctness standards, this might be considered somewhat shocking.
A girl would have to wonder what her suitor’s intentions were. This is just to hot to handle!
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!
Source: Colleen Barrett, Valentine’s Day Visualized, Visual.ly, http://blog.visual.ly/valentines-day-visualized.
I love fruitcake. For the past 25+ years, I have been buying fruitcakes from The Collin Street Bakery that is world-renowned for its fruitcakes. The business, opened in 1896, is located in Corsicana, Texas and ships to all 50 states, U.S. possessions and 195 foreign lands. The Bakery is the recipient of the president’s coveted “E-Award.”
Some of the characteristics of their fruitcake are:
- Each fruitcake is the perfect balance of native pecans (27%), shelled in Corsicana, Texas.
- Hand-picked Golden sweet pineapple and lush papaya, from our own farms in Costa Rica.
- Ripe, red cherries from Oregon and Washington State.
- Pure clover honey, plump golden raisins.
- Refrigerated, the Deluxe fruitcake stays moist and delicious for months.
Fruitcake has been a Christmas staple for decades. And it has been a mystery to people for just as long. The age-old question surrounding fruitcake is always, “Just what is it that I’m actually eating…?” In the spirit of Christmas and holiday traditions, I found this infographic by lemonly.com that dissects the fruitcake. We know there are lots of fruitcake recipes out there, but here is just one example of all the ingredients that can go into the elusive Christmas “treat.” Grab a fork and dive in, everyone! Let them eat (fruit)cake!
Most Americans can probably easily rattle off the 12 days of Christmas. The song recounts someone giving their significant other some incredibly odd gifts for the course of 12 days during Christmas time. I’m not sure what use I personally would have with “six geese a laying” or “seven swans a swimming” but I’m sure at some point in history these would have been incredibly romantic gestures.
And, apparently, expensive ones.
The Atlantic‘s Derek Thompson recently published this amazing infographic showing the true cost of the 12 days of Christmas, also highlighting the fact that thanks to inflation, how the 12 days of Christmas have become increasingly costly over the course of the past 30 years.
Apparently the cheapest gift to get your lover off of this list are the “eight maids a milking” which will only cost you 58 bucks. Both the “nine ladies dancing” and “11 pipers piping” however, will set you back nearly eight grand.
If any of you are looking to buy me something nice this Christmas, I suppose I’d settle for the “two turtle doves.” At $125 this seems to be a sensible present.
Source: Tess VandenDolder, Staff Writer, Politics, InTheCapital
Across the world, Christmas is celebrated in a multitude of rich and cherished traditions. Their origins are wonderfully varied, emerging out of cultures and beliefs throughout history. This illustrated timeline, brought to you by Balsam Hill, captures the flow of some of the most popular Christmas traditions and figures and traces their simple lineage from St. Nicholas’ humble beginnings to today.
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