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The Thermodynamics of Coffee and Cream

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Counterintuitively, adding cream to a cup of a coffee helps slow down its cooling process. An explanation of the underlying physics at work is given here, alongside a fascinating super-slow-motion video of still black coffee transformed by the addition of cream.

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There isn’t actually a Love Actually sequel in the works, but this fake, fan-made trailer featuring zombies, death threats, hobbits, and Hogwarts is a reminder that the original cast has been keeping busy with other projects since the movie’s 2003 release anyway.

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In a massive time-saving move, YouTube has compiled the year’s most viral videos into a single, 5:47-long pop culture smorgasbord.

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Here, too, are the year’s top ten viral memes. Wow. Such compilation.

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While one kindergartener’s classmates made generic hand gestures signifying Santa Claus’s pointy hat and long beard during their annual Christmas concert, the five-year-old KODA, or “kid of deaf adults,” translated the entire program into American Sign Language so her parents could experience the holiday cheer as well.

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David Thibault, the sixteen-year-old French Canadian reincarnation of Elvis, puts his skills to festive use with a remarkably familiar-sounding rendition of the crooner’s classic, “Blue Christmas.”

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Let these fatal family feuds in history be a reminder to take it easy on your relatives during the holidays.

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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

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The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

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O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

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What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

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A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

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Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

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On Pins and Needles: 11 Famous Knitters. The hobby never completely goes out of style.

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What If Earth Rotated in the Other Direction?
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Reversing Earth’s Spin Moves Deserts, Reshapes Ocean Currents. Everything would be different if our planet rotated in the other direction.

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NFL Player Wade Davis Talks Masculinity and Pro Sports. "We must create the conditions for all individuals to feel comfortable taking the risk to be themselves."

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This Old Soviet Airport Car Was Probably The Biggest Sedan In The World. It was equipped for two drivers, one to go forward and the other in reverse.

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The Race to Save the World's Disappearing Languages. In the last 60 years, 230 human languages went extinct.

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The Netflix documentary Mercury 13 tells of the women who passed NASA's astronaut screening in 1961. Only their gender kept them earthbound and out of history books.

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The Desert Architecture School Where Students Build Their Own Sleeping Quarters. The School of Architecture at Taliesin (SOAT) takes experimental living spaces seriously.

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I Gave Birth and I Didn't Even Get a Good Story Out of it. A normal birth is miraculous and transformative, but it's too common for anyone outside the family to listen to.

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10 Ridiculously Precise Units of Measurement. They make sense once you know the stories behind them.

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