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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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Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
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In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

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10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

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How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

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Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

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How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

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Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

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Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

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A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

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Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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