US Transportation and Mobile WIFI

As more and more business is moved online, the demand for internet, basically everywhere, has dramatically increased. In addition to the necessity at coffee shops, stores and restaurants are now offering wireless internet for their shoppers. And as more people take public transportation, both to save money and “go green”, wifi is also a huge demand.

According to SinglePoint, 91% of wifi users expect to have mobile wifi while on the road and 80% of wifi users prefer mobile wifi over 3G and 4G connection. Most commuters (68%) say they are willing to watch ads in exchange for free wireless internet.

It’s interesting, because 80% of Millennials would choose a 50 minute bus ride over a 25 minute car ride. Obviously, this is probably because it’s cheaper and they can use their mobile device during the ride. And 35% of Millennials would give up their car over their smartphone or computer. Additionally, 70% of Americans use public Wifi hotspots which is a 40% increase from 2012.

The scope of US public transportation is quite large. There are 7,300 plus organizations that provide public transportation in the United States and it’s a $57 billion industry that employs nearly 400,000 people with over 174,000 vehicles.

There’s more to learn! Read on in the infographic below.

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UK Gambling Statistics

There’s a lot of interesting information out there when it comes to gambling. We all assume that men are the most apt to gamble and win. Most gambling is done in a casino and most people who gamble are young.

Fortunately for us, Titan Bet has done the work and come up with a great way to present some interesting gambling statistics that might surprise you. Let’s start at the beginning.

First off, while men have the most quantity when it comes to gambling, women have quality. Ladies tend to win more by 5% even though men and women bet similar amounts.

Twenty million UK gamblers play online in these unlikely situations. Sixty-six percent play in their living room, 45% from the bedroom, 23% from the toilet, 33% during a commute, and 27% from work (naughty, naughty!).

Surprisingly, 78% of the UK population gambles. Twenty-five percent play lotteries, 24% play scratch-cards, 22% haven’t ever gambled, 16% bet on horse-races, and 13% play slot machines.

In the UK, Liverpool, London, and Manchester have the best gamblers. Leiceister, Sheffield, and Newcastle have the worst gamblers.

The older you get, the more likely you are to gamble. Sixty-percent of people 35-60 years old gamble and 62% of people 55-64 years old gamble.

There’s more to learn! Read on in the infographic below.

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Temporary Climate Control in Food Processing

Not many of us understand the science and complexity of food processing. We go to the store or the farmers market without a ton of though in the process behind producing food.

Polygon, a leader in climate control, has released a resource to help educate us on the timeline of US food inspections and a snapshot of current processing and humidity.

Let’s look at the manufacturing snapshot first to gain an understanding of the value of shipments

  • Meat accounts for 24%
  • Dairy accounts for 13%
  • Beverages account for 12%
  • Grains and oilseeds account for 12%
  • Fruits and vegetables account for 8%
  • Bakery and tortilla products account for 8%
  • Animal food accounts for 7%
  • Sugar and confectionary accounts for 4%
  • Seafood accounts for 1%

This is the breakdown of the value of shipments for 2011. As you can see, meat processing is a huge part of the spectrum.

When processing food, humidity is a key factor to ensuring consumer safety. High humidity in manufacturing facilities can cause damage to the structure as well as promote bacteria growth and drippage contamination. Federal standards require the humidity to be at 5% in food processing plants and the USDA will shut down a plant if it has humidity issues.

Obviously, temporary climate control is a necessary structure for safe food processing. Read more in the infographic below.

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Why Frozen is one of Disney’s most successful movies of all time

Disney movies are often thought of as “kid” movies. According to Presto, Disney is back and more relevant than ever before.

Frozen is one of Disney’s most recent successful box office hits, with kids and adults loving the highest grossing animated film of all time. In fact, Frozen is the 5th highest grossing film of all time, right behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. It raked in an international gross earning of 1.2 billion dollars.

Disney’s other animated movies haven’t hit this big in a long time. The Lion King is Disney’s only other movie to make it to the top 10 Highest Grossing Animated Film category in 1994. Before 2013, Disney hadn’t had a big hit in over 10 years. Tarzan in 1999 was Disney’s last big hit, with Pixar picking up the slack in most recent years.

One of the reasons Frozen is such a big hit is the music. Much of the music was produced by Broadway’s veteran composers. “Let It Go” not only won an Academy Award, but five awards in total. A remixed version made it to the number one spot on a dance song chart and number five on the US Billboard 100.

If you haven’t seen Frozen, take a look at the infographic below then go watch it.

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Evolution of the Terminator Franchise

This year marks the 30th year of the original film The Terminator. It’s crazy that something that’s still popular today was first released 30 years ago, it doesn’t feel like it would be that long! Presto has released a handy resource for us to learn more about the Terminator franchise.

The original film in 1984 was directed by James Cameron and brought $78 million in the box office. This original action film was the beginning of a huge franchise. One that produced four films, 26 video games, 100 comics, and a TV series.

It wasn’t until 1991 that the second hit came out, Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Also directed by James Cameron, this film brought $519 million in the box office. In this film, Arnold and his co-star, Linda Hamilton, work together to defeat a new super terminator, the T-1000. Terminator 2 won four Academy Awards, including Best Visual Effects.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines came out in 2003. This one was directed by Jonathon Mostow and brought $433 million in the box office. In this film, predictions of the Judgement Day finally come true. And of course, the anti-hero is the first terminatrix, T-X.

Next came a TV series called the Sarah Connor Chronicles. It takes place after Terminator 2 and follows the lives of Sarah and John Connor. It was a very highly rated show, but only lasted 2 seasons.

There’s more to see, read on in the infographic below.

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The luckiest 10 cities in the UK

When it comes to the lottery, a lot of people have their good luck charms, their superstitions, or their same number that they buy every time. As we all know, winning the lottery is all due to luck. You have a greater chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery, which makes it clear that you need all the luck you can get when you’re playing for the big bucks.

According to World Lottery Club, there’s a few cities that seem to be luckier than others. For example, people in London are more likely to win the UK lottery than those in other cities. You have a one in 1,238 chance of winning and the average payout is 165,642,852 pounds. If you live in Birmingham, you have a one in 1,378 chance of winning and the average payout is 103,502,084 pounds. If you’re in Newcastle, you have a one in 1,391 chance of winning with an average payout of 132,760,653 pounds.

A few fun lottery facts:

  • More than half of all National lottery winners return to work
  • The highest number of jackpot winners in one draw was 133
  • 11,200 pounds worth of lottery tickets are sold online every 100 seconds

There’s plenty more to learn. Read on in the infographic below.

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Are you a hustler or high roller?

Do you like to gamble? Go often? Ever wonder what your “gambling personality” might be? You can learn a lot from other’s mistakes (or wins) and Euro Palace has put together a list of celebrity wins and losses for you to glean to from. The more you know about yourself, the more likely you are to win! So let’s take a look at Euro Palace‘s infographic.

Ben Affleck won $356,000 at the California State Poker tournament, winning him a seat at the World Poker Tour Final in 2004.

Victoria Coren-Mitchell won 476,000 pounds in the European Poker Tour for the second time in 2014.

Charlie Sheen was spending $20,000 per week on sports betting in 2006 during his divorce from Denise Richards.

The infographic also has a handy chart for figuring out your gambling personality. If you only play games you understand and have a system for winning, you’re a hustler. If you don’t, and you gamble alone, and it’s important for you to be seen as a winner, you’re a showoff. If you gamble to forget about the rest of your life, you’re an escapist. If you can afford to wager hundreds of dollars per round, you’re a high roller. If you never gamble alone, you’re a socialite.

There’s more. Read on to learn in the infographic below.

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Seven Strangest Superstitions

Bingo. The fun game you play as a kid in class, at parties, then in retirement is timeless. Everyone can play at any time (and everyone likes winning). It’s ultimately a game of luck (and paying attention).

According to Bingo Find, there’s quite a few luck related superstitions from various cultures around the world. In this infographic, they explain the top seven strangest superstitions from around the globe.

Number 7: In South Korea, people believe that if you sleep with a fan on, you’ll die in your sleep. This superstition is so entrenched in culture that doctors even tell you to turn it off. I don’t know about you, but this sounds pretty strange to me. How would a fan kill you in your sleep? Is it the nice cool breeze? Will it cause you to stop breathing? Those of us outside of South Korea that love our nighttime fans can certainly say that we’re happily still alive and breathing.

Number 6: In Spain, the tradition right at the stoke of the New Year consists of eating twelve grapes. They believe doing so will bring you good luck over the coming year. Whether that’s true or not, it can’t readily be proven (unlike the above fan superstition).

Number 5: In Italy, they have a name for swimming after eating. Though it’s a myth in the US, Italians believe that you’ll certainly die if you do so.

There’s plenty more superstitions to see. Read on in the infographic below.

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How much would it cost to insure pets from the movies?

There’s nothing like a movie with a pet as the star. Whomever decided to tap in to furry friend powers to tug at our heart strings was a genius. From Milo & Otis to Airbud to Homeward Bound, these movies are classics that will never be forgotten by the children that loved them.

According to Helpucover.co.uk, the cost to insure some of these famous animals might be more than you think. Pet insurance has come a long way since it’s start. Losing your pet is like losing a member of your family and there are a lot of options to help pay for those costly vet bills that come about whenever you don’t need anything else to add to your plate.

Let’s take a look at what insuring some of these animals might cost:

First up is two little mice. The cost to insure Mouse from Mousehunt is 8.19 pounds per month, or 98.28 pounds per year. Stuart Little is next. You might remember that Stuart Little was more boy than mouse. Regardless, the cost to insure him is 9.91 pounds per month, or 118.92 pounds per year.

Of course, Garfield is next on the list. The grumpy cat is 10.61 pounds per month or 127.32 pounds per year.

There’s plenty more animals to look at like Nemo, Marley, Old Yeller, and Free Willy. Read on in the infographic below.

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History of the Minimum Wage in the US

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), workers in the US must be paid a minimum wage. States and municipalities all have the option of raising the federally set standard of $7.25 per hour.

According to HR Direct, the idea of a standard minimum wage came about in 1912 when Massachusset became the first state to pass a law, covering women and children as well. Many states took the same actions, but the Supreme Court ruled it as unconstitutional.

In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt took similar action to establish a federal minimum wage of .25 cents per hour as part of the National Industrial Recovery Act. The Supreme Court also ruled it as unconstitutional.

President Roosevelt took another stab at it in 1938, creating the FLSA and establishing the minimum wage to “maintain a standard of living necessary for health, efficiency, and general well-being.”

The Supreme Court upheld the FLSA in 1941, bumping it up to .40 cents per hour. In that time, a loaf of bread was $0.09, a gallon of milk $0.50, and a midsize car was $763.

In 1949, the wage nearly doubled, adding up to $.75 per hour. The FLSA was amended to include retail workers up to 2.2 million people.

There’s plenty more to read in the infographic below.

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