7 Videos of Snow Melting to Help You Cope With Winter 

It might be cold and miserable now, but spring has to come eventually (right?). Live vicariously through these videos of snow being whisked away. It'll become a reality soon, I promise. 

1. Melting snow

Watch in awe as six feet of snow melts before your eyes. 

2. Shovel faster

This guy has devised an easy—and a kind of obvious—substitution for shoveling. Speaking as someone who has built a snowman before, I have no idea why I haven't thought of this!

3. Plants emerging

There's nothing more satisfying than watching flora emerge from their icy prisons, as the sun warms the earth. Be free, little plants!

4. Snowfall and cleanup

This video shows both the snow buildup and the eventual clean up. It's only fun to watch because you don't have to help shovel.

5. An entire year of weather

Eirik Solheim has a knack for making year-long timelapses. The video starts with winter, so you know it only gets better as it goes on. Goodbye bitter cold!

6. More melting snow

Last year, Slate's Phil Plait made a teasing video in response to conspiracy theories suggesting the snowstorm in Atlanta wasn't real snow. "Given the huge government-engineered fake snow chemtrail nanobot conspiracy theory, when it snowed here in Boulder I decided to see for myself if the snow was real or not," he writes on his YouTube page. To create the timelapse of snow melting in his backyard, he took one photo every 20 seconds for 4.5 hours. The results are satisfying.

7. Un-Melt

You're probably not in the mood to see snow materialize from the ground, but this short video is pretty cool. It was shot over the course of several weeks by filmmaker Tony Round for a Gizmodo video challenge.

The Most Popular Netflix Show in Every Country
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If you're bored with everything in your Netflix queue, why not look to the top shows around the world for a recommendation?

HighSpeedInternet.com recently used Google Trends data to create a map of the most popular show streaming on Netflix in every country in 2018. The best-loved show in the world is the dystopian thriller 3%, claiming the number one spot in eight nations. The show is the first Netflix original made in Portuguese, so it's no surprise that Portugal and Brazil are among the eight countries that helped put it at the top of the list.

Coming in second place is South Korea's My Love from the Star, which seven countries deemed their favorite show. The romantic drama revolves around an alien who lands on Earth and falls in love with a mortal. The English-language show with the most clout is 13 Reasons Why, coming in at number three around the world—which might be proof that getting addicted to soapy teen dramas is a universal experience.

Pot comedy Disjointed is Canada's favorite show, which probably isn't all that surprising given the nation's recent ruling to legalize marijuana. Perhaps coming as even less of a shock is the phenomenon of Stranger Things taking the top spot in the U.S. Favorites like Black Mirror, Sherlock, and The Walking Dead also secured the love of at least one country.

Out of the hundreds of shows on the streaming platform, only 47 are a favorite in at least one country in 2018. So no hard feelings, Gypsy.

Roadside Bear Statue in Wales is So Lifelike That Safety Officials Want It Removed

Wooden bear statue.

There are no real bears in the British Isles for residents to worry about, but a statue of one in the small Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells has become a cause of concern. As The Telegraph reports, the statue is so convincing that it's scaring drivers, causing at least one motorist to crash her car. Now road safety officials are demanding it be removed.

The 10-foot wooden statue has been a fixture on the roadside for at least 15 years. It made headlines in May of 2018 when a woman driving her car saw the landmark and took it to be the real thing. She was so startled that she veered off the road and into a street sign.

After the incident, she complained about the bear to highways officials who agreed that it poses a safety threat and should be removed. But the small town isn't giving in to the Welsh government's demands so quickly.

The bear statue was originally erected on the site of a now-defunct wool mill. Even though the mill has since closed, locals still see the statue as an important landmark. Llanwrtyd Wells councilor Peter James called it an "iconic gateway of the town," according to The Telegraph.

Another town resident, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Telegraph that the woman who crashed her car had been a tourist from Canada where bears are common. Bear were hunted to extinction in Britain about 1000 years ago, so local drivers have no reason to look out for the real animals on the side of the road.

The statue remains in its old spot, but Welsh government officials plan to remove it themselves if the town doesn't cooperate. For now, temporary traffic lights have been set up around the site of the accident to prevent any similar incidents.

[h/t The Telegraph]


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