Nobody likes taxes. We have to have them to build roads, enjoy public services, keep the government up and running, but none of those reasons make it any easier to pay up.
Plus, it seems like there’s a tax for everything – your car, your home, your purchases. Where does it stop?
Well actually, it could be a lot worse. Over the years, legislators have found ways to tax some pretty ridiculous things, including sliced bagels, pets, and fireplaces. Thankfully, many of the world’s craziest taxes were retired long ago. However, some still exist.
Check out the graphic below to learn about the world’s most absurd taxes.
According to the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council), an environmental action group, about 1/3 of a home’s energy is lost through its windows. While simply covering up your windows may seem like a good idea, the infographic below illustrates the effectiveness of various window treatments and helps to show how your choice of window coverings really goes beyond aesthetics. Maximizing energy savings involves so much more than simply covering up. Modern technology, even in window treatments, also allows us to maximize the use of nature’s resources in an efficient, earth-friendly way. Now that’s energy efficiency.
via Purely Shutters: How To Stop Energy Costs From Sneaking Out Your Windows
Once an industry dominated by pick-a-part scrap yards, junk automobiles are now primarily recycled and the auto recycling business is thriving as environmentalists and scientists find new ways to reuse their recyclable materials. The following graphic highlights important figures pertaining to this blossoming and much needed industry.
A couple of key stats from the graphic
- Japan is by far the country most dependent on faxing with 93 users per 1,000 citizens. The United States was a distant 2nd with roughly 55 users per 1,000 citizens.
- The computer-based faxing market was $350 million in 2010 and is predicted to increase by a whopping 77% by the year 2015 ($620 million).
Graphic by Fax87.com via Visual.ly
Some say that cloud computing has revolutionized the way we save and share information on the internet. Others say we’ve had it all along, just under another name: on-demand infrastructure. Whatever the case, we know that life just wouldn’t be the same without our music streaming (like on Spotify) or our file saving/sharing cloud programs.
This infographic, presented by ProfitBricks, shows a timeline of cloud computing and how it has grown to be the fantastic tool that it is today.
EMV-enabled cards are the future of credit cards. EMV-enabled cards use a PIN and chip system that provides more security than the traditional signature-style credit cards. The world is switching over to EMV while the US lags behind. Currently 42% of the world’s credit cards in circulation are EMV, but the US has not switched over due to costs.
This infographic, presented by Merchant Warehouse, explains the benefits of EMV-enabled cards.
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While it’s true that smartphones are an incredible resource, they are also affecting users’ behaviors in their everyday lives. Forty-three percent of all cellphone owners are using a smartphone, and 20 percent of these smartphone users have become smartphonatics, or people who have changed their behavior regarding shopping, payments, and banking all because of their smartphones. To learn more about smartphones and their current and future effects on our society, check out this infographic presented by WhoCalledMyPhone.net.
A master’s degree can earn someone approximately $400,000 more in a lifetime than those with only a bachelor’s degree. It can also cost a student thousands of dollars, and a lot of time. Some master’s degrees don’t pay off, in relation to the cost it takes to earn one. This infographic presents five of the lowest-paying master’s degrees, presented by BestMastersPrograms.org.
Social opt-ins on Facebook app pages help brands obtain information from individuals in order to continue marketing to them. Particular apps, such as gaming, television, and music, most widely use social opt-ins in the US. Brands using social opt-ins most often do so to get individuals email addresses, birthdays, or to get a page like. Check out this infographic from Neolane to learn more about how brands use social opt-ins.