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How to Tell When You're in Love, According to a 1950 Instructional Video

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"You’re the only girl I’ve dated in two months. We get along fine," Jack tells Nora in defense of his love for her at the start of this 1950 instructional video from Coronet Films. As it turns out, that is not the makings of so-called "mature love."

After receiving some edgy advice from her straight-shooting mother (how did she know she loved dear old dad? "Oh I had been in love several times before. I got so I could recognize the symptoms") that "most people fall in love quite a few times in their lives," Nora knows not to rush into anything with Jack, even if he is a sight to behold on the ball diamond (sic).

The nearly-13 minute mini-drama is one of just dozens of such shorts produced by Coronet between 1946 and the early 1970s. The range of instruction runs the gamut from educational ("Introduction to Foreign Trade") to self-help ("Improve Your Personality") to moralistic ("Fun of Being Thoughtful") to whatever "Are You Popular?" is.

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Why Are Glaciers Blue?
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The bright azure blue sported by many glaciers is one of nature's most stunning hues. But how does it happen, when the snow we see is usually white? As Joe Hanson of It's Okay to Be Smart explains in the video below, the snow and ice we see mostly looks white, cloudy, or clear because all of the visible light striking its surface is reflected back to us. But glaciers have a totally different structure—their many layers of tightly compressed snow means light has to travel much further, and is scattered many times throughout the depths. As the light bounces around, the light at the red and yellow end of the spectrum gets absorbed thanks to the vibrations of the water molecules inside the ice, leaving only blue and green light behind. For the details of exactly why that happens, check out Hanson's trip to Alaska's beautiful (and endangered) Mendenhall Glacier below.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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See How to Grow Snowflakes Inside a Soda Bottle
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While it's too soon to know what the real chances are of having a white Christmas, even if it's 70 degrees and sunny, there’s still a way to experience the seasonal beauty of snow without ever having to put on a winter coat.

In a video for Science Friday, Caltech physicist and snowflake expert Ken Libbrecht illustrated how to grow snowflake-like ice crystals inside a two-liter soda bottle. To start, you need to assemble your materials. Most of the items—including a plastic bottle, bucket, sponge, fishing line, paper clip, and pins—can be easily found around your home. The most important component, though, is dry ice—which also happens to be the hardest one to find (Libbrecht recommends checking your local grocery store).

The dry ice goes around the outside of the bottle, which is outfitted with a string hanging from a wet sponge on the inside. The warm air around the top of the bottle, where the sponge is, creates water vapor, which crystallizes around the string. Within an hour, you'll have cultivated a large, feathery crystal in the center of your makeshift snowflake machine.

Even though the final product resembles a snowflake, it's technically frost (snowflakes form in clouds from thousands of water droplets, not from vapor). Libbrecht has been growing his own snowflakes for years, though the system he uses in his lab is slightly more sophisticated. After learning how to grow a snowflake at home, be sure to check out some of Libbrecht’s own exquisite creations on his website.

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