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What You'll See of the 2017 Solar Eclipse From Your ZIP Code

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On August 21, a total solar eclipse will cross over the continental United States, giving millions of people the exciting experience of watching the Sun briefly disappear, leaving the Earth in darkness. But whether or not you'll be able to experience total darkness depends on where you live. How do you know how much of the Sun you'll see? Check out this infographic from Vox illustrating what the eclipse will look like in each ZIP code in the U.S.

For instance, we at the Mental Floss offices in New York will still be standing in pretty bright light as the eclipse peaks at 2:44:55 p.m. EDT, with 71.4 percent of the Sun covered. We would need to drive 576 miles to see the total eclipse, according to Vox. In Lincoln, Nebraska, though, the Moon will obscure the whole Sun at 1:03:18 p.m. CDT, leaving residents in the dark for about a minute and a half. In Anchorage, Alaska, 1381 miles from the totality zone, residents will see 45.6 percent of the Sun disappear at the eclipse's peak at 9:16:21 a.m. AKDT.

Here's what it will look like in Nashville, according to Vox:

An infographic of the Moon's passage across the Sun over time.

The graphic makes it look like the sky will be quite dark even in Alaska, but that won't really be the case. In the path of the total eclipse, it will get dark and you'll be able to see a few stars, but elsewhere, the partial eclipse will only change the color of the sky slightly. Even a little bit of Sun is still really bright.

Input your own ZIP code over at Vox, and don't forget to grab your eclipse glasses before you look up.

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Need Extra Cash? Here's How to Choose a New Side Hustle
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Whether your weekday 9-to-5 paycheck doesn’t cover your monthly expenses or you’re simply saving up for a big ticket item like a European vacation, there’s likely a second job out there that’s tailor-made for you, as evidenced by the diagram below. Published by financial resource blog Quid Corner—a property of British online lenders QuickQuid—and spotted by Entrepreneur, the flow chart can help you choose a side hustle that fits a variety of interests, lifestyles, and schedules.

More than 44 million Americans—the majority of which are Millennials—have a side hustle, according to a recent survey by consumer financial services company Bankrate. Some need extra cash to help pay for living expenses, while others are seeking personal fulfillment, a new skill set, or an expanded resume.

To avoid turning a side hustle into a side grind, opt for something that's personally enjoyable, or easy on time and effort. A few examples include freelancing; using hobbies like crafting or web design to launch a solo business; and using apps and websites to rent your car, home, and clothes to needy strangers. (Just remember to steer clear of any potential pitfalls by carefully managing your time, taxes, and money.)

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[h/t Entrepreneur]

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This Handy Chart Shows Which Cooking Methods to Use With Different Ingredients
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Shopping for food at the grocery store is the easy part of making dinner—figuring out how to turn your haul into a meal you’ll actually want to eat is where things get tough.

After choosing the ingredients to star in your dish, next you need to decide how to prepare them. Flipping meat and vegetables in a pan a few times and calling it a day may be your go-to strategy, but it’s not the only way. There’s a whole list of cooking methods out there that can help elevate your food from amateur home cooking to gourmet cuisine. If that sounds overwhelming, this chart compiled by Fairmont San Francisco can make things easier for you.

The infographic below includes all sorts of chef jargon, like blanch, confit, and sous vide, but it's laid out in such a way that even beginners can understand. The color-coded key indicates the effects each preparation produces and the pictures show which ingredients they should be paired with. Braising, for example, makes food tender, and it’s a perfect match for tough cuts of beef and lamb. Searing, on the other hand, makes food crisp and works best with tender meat, fish, and shellfish.

If you still feel lost, the actual definitions of each cooking method along with the required tools are provided below the chart. Check out our list of essential cooking techniques for a deeper look at how to execute some of these tricks at home.

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