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…People will die in strange and unusual ways this year?

Death Skull

Despite my best efforts, I can’t find an original source for this fantastic infographic about the “Number of men in the United States who will die in 2008 as a result of…”

The facts and figures themselves apparently come from the Disease Control and Prevention’s WONDER database, and cover unfortunates such as fireworks accidents, falling from a building, spider bites, falling down stairs, shark attacks, and plenty of other ways to accidentally leave this Earth.

[Via: LikeCool]

…It’s Firefox Download Day?

Download Day - English

Today is Firefox 3 Download Day 2008, and Mozilla is trying to set a Guinness World Record for the most software downloads in a single 24-hour period by asking everyone to download the new Firefox 3 today.

Help out by clicking the link below.

[Firefox 3 – Download Day 2008]

…Jones Soda is taking their drinks to the polls?

Campaign Cola

Can’t decide who to vote for?

Let the sodas decide!

Jones Soda’s Campaign Cola 2008 is “the one and only website where you can vote for your candidate by purchasing their bottle of cola, regardless of age or residency”.

Flavors include Barack’s Yes We Can Cola, McCain’s Pure McCain Cola, and Hillary’s Capitol Hillary Cola (though now it’s probably more appropriately named Congratulatory Cola).

Every bottle counts, so make sure to drink up to your favorite candidate, and let your opinion be refreshing.

[Jones Soda – Campaign Cola 2008]

[Via: Serious Eats]

…The Olympics have got sole?

Nike Sole Materials

Nike has designed an entire line of custom shoes for each sport in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

While that doesn’t seem like anything special, keep in mind that in addition to the usual sports like Track and Field and Basketball, sports like Gymnastics, Wushu, Kayaking, Wind Surfing, Taekwondo, Equestrian, and Fencing also need unique shoes to enhance the athlete’s abilities.

For a full rundown, check out NOTCOT for a look at both the shoes, and the unique sole materials that help each athlete perform at their peak.

[NOTCOT – Nike 2008 Olympic Footwear]

[NOTCOT – Nike Olympic Sole Materials]

…Twitter is at war?

Color Wars 2008

The 2008 Twitter Color Wars has basically taken over the Twitter world recently, and is an interesting adaptation of a technology that, besides things like Color Wars and StrawPoll that people have created, serves no purpose. (Ok, so you can find out someone’s status, but really, where’s the fun in that?)

Twitter Color Wars is basically a popularity contest where the Twitterati rally around a single color and show their support by taking their profile picture in team colors.

    Anyone can play. To join a team: log on to twitter, search for the team of your choice, then follow that team.

The War goes well beyond just a popularity contest though, as games are going to pit teams against each other to compete for total domination.

Game #1 is a round of Bad Ass RoShamBo.

To play, members took a picture of themselves in their team colors throwing their throw of choice, and then uploaded that picture to Flickr with the appropriate tags. Then, a bracket style RoShamBo tournament will be held tonight with a best of three RSB match determining the winner.

I love the fact that this game evolved out of nothing and turned into a something that everyone wants to be involved in. It’s a fun adaptation of a technology that people continue to find uses for, and there’s a lot of potential for additional games.

Which side are you on?

(And to talk a little smack on the other teams, check out SmackTalk.)

Edit: It looks like zefrank is behind it all. Check out the Colorwar story here.

[Color Wars 2008]

[Twitter Color War]

[Via: Mostly Lisa]