Why Iceland Gets Its Ice From Other Countries

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Iceland is a country known for its glaciers—they cover about 11 percent of the nation's area—so it's a little surprising to hear that most of the ice cooling the country's beverages isn't homegrown. But as a new video from Half as Interesting explains, it's all thanks to the eccentricities of modern economics, in which a country with high domestic labor costs and cheap inbound shipping can buy the cold stuff for less than it takes to harvest it. While it may sound strange, Iceland is one of the highest-income countries in the world, and its isolated, rugged geography means it already relies on imports for many staples. For more on the history of ice as a commodity—and Iceland's unique situation—check out the video below.

31 Behind-the-Scenes Facts About Game of Thrones

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Jon Snow may know nothing, but did you know that Kit Harington—the actor who plays him—is related to the guy who created the first flush toilet? It's true! As is the fact that one of Game of Thrones's most notorious villains was actually almost cast as the heroic, straight-and-narrow Jon Snow. You're probably wondering: Which notorious villain? Well, you'll just have to watch and see.

To help you count down the days until Game of Thrones is finally back, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy—First of Her Name, Protector of Facts, and Mother of Cats—is dishing on some of the show's most surprising behind-the-scenes facts in this week's all-new edition of The List Show. You can watch the full episode below.

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Watch All 7 Seasons of Game of Thrones in 12 Minutes

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Helen Sloan, HBO

After nearly 20 months of waiting, we’re now less than two weeks away from the premiere of Game of Thrones season 8. With so much time having elapsed between seasons, it makes sense that you’d want to go back and rewatch season 7 all over again—though according to star Maisie Williams, a.k.a. Arya Stark, the epic series’ first season is the best refresher course for watching the final one. You could, of course, just binge-watch all 67 episodes before April 14th—though you’d better start now, as you’ll need to watch approximately 5.6 episodes per day (just round it up to six). But what if you don’t have that much time? ScreenCrush has got you covered.

Keeping all you time-strapped Game of Thrones fanatics in mind (and even total newcomers to the series, if you don't mind missing seven years' worth of amazing storytelling and total mayhem) the site put together a mega-recap of all seven seasons of the show, which lets you relive every breathtaking moment—including the most epic battles and memorable onscreen deaths—in less than 15 minutes. Which means that there are enormous dragons and even bigger spoilers, so watch at your own risk Valar morghulis.

[h/t ScreenCrush]

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