4 Coffee Hacks That Actually Work

Unlike our British counterparts across the pond, it's coffee—not tea—that primarily fuels our offices and homes. But how much do you really know about the beloved beverage? In the latest episode of Scatterbrained, John Green and his co-hosts break down everything that can be gleaned from the history of the bean, including the origin of words like "frappuccino" and "latte," caffeine's effect on memory, and the surprising reason why the arrival of coffee triggered a "dawn of sobriety" in England. (No, sadly Americans can't claim coffee as our national drink.)

The Scatterbrained team even tests out some coffee life hacks to find out if they live up to their claims. Perhaps you can't grind coffee beans with a mortar and pestle like some bloggers claim, but would you really want to, anyway?

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Everything You Need to Know About Tourism

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Mental Floss via YouTube

Summer has (unofficially) arrived. Which means it's time to start thinking about that most cherished of warm-weather traditions: summer vacation. Whether you're trying to figure out where to go or the best way to save a few dollars getting there, Mental Floss has got you covered.

In this all-new edition of Scatterbrained, presented by Discover, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy and friends are taking you on a tourism trip around the world. They'll take a look at some of the fastest-growing travel destinations (number one just might surprise you), pay tribute to the supersonic power of the Concorde, figure out how airport codes work (and how Iowa's Sioux Gateway Airport came to embrace the fact that it's known as SUX), detail the strange symptoms of Paris Syndrome, and offer up some helpful tips on how to save money (and your sanity) while traveling.

Get ready to experience some serious wanderlust and watch the full video below.

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Testing Summer Life Hacks We Found on the Internet

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With the arrival of summertime comes a host of warm-weather rituals—from cooking s'mores over a campfire to discovering what sort of deep-fried concoctions have made their way to this year's state fair.

Today on Scatterbrained, John Green and friends are celebrating all things summer by testing some warm-weather life hacks, dishing up some fascinating facts on some of your favorite summer treats, and digging into the science of SPF. Slather on the sunblock and watch the full episode below.

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