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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.

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Speedy Delivery: Mister Rogers Will Get His Own Stamp in 2018
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USPS 2018 Mister Rogers stamp
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After weeks of mailing out this year’s holiday cards, postage might be the last thing you want to think about. But the U.S. Postal Service has just given us a sneak peek at the many iconic people, places, and things that will be commemorated with their own stamps in 2018, and one in particular has us excited to send out a few birthday cards: Mister Rogers.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers’s groundbreaking PBS series that the USPS says “inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty,” the mail service shared a mockup of what the final stamp may look like. On it, Rogers—decked out in one of his trademark colorful cardigans (all of which were hand-knitted by his mom, by the way)—smiles for the camera alongside King Friday XIII, ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Though no official release date for Fred’s forever stamp has been given, Mister Rogers is just one of many legendary figures whose visages will grace a piece of postage in 2018. Singer/activist Lena Horne will be the 41st figure to appear as part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, while former Beatle John Lennon will be the face of the newest Music Icons collection. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will also be honored.

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Can You Spot the Christmas Pudding?

Whether it’s a sheep hanging out with Santa Claus or a panda bear hiding among some snowmen, regular Mental Floss readers know that hidden picture brainteasers are one of our favorite things. And the optical experts at Lenstore.co.uk have released a delicious one, just in time for Christmas. Somewhere in the midst of all these holiday-themed goodies above, there’s a holiday pudding just waiting to be discovered. Can you spot it? Your time starts … now.

If you give up, or are the kind of person who reads the last page of a book before the first one and just wants to know the answer, scroll down to see where it’s hiding.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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