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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The Most Searched Shows on Netflix in 2017, By State

Orange is the New Black is the new black, at least as far as Netflix viewers are concerned. The women-in-prison dramedy may have premiered in 2013, but it’s still got viewers hooked. Just as they did in 2017, took a deep dive into Netflix analytics using Google Trends to find out which shows people in each state were searching Netflix for throughout the year. While there was a little bit of crossover between 2016 and 2017, new series like American Vandal and Mindhunter gave viewers a host of new content. But that didn’t stop Orange is the New Black from dominating the map; it was the most searched show in 15 states.

Coming in at a faraway second place was American Vandal, a new true crime satire that captured the attention of five states (Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Even more impressive is the fact that the series premiered in mid-September, meaning that it found a large and rabid audience in a very short amount of time.

Folks in Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon were all destined to be disappointed; Star Trek: Discovery was the most searched-for series in each of these states, but it’s not yet available on Netflix in America (you’ve got to get CBS All Access for that, folks). Fourteen states broke the mold a bit with shows that were unique to their state only; this included Big Mouth in Delaware, The Keepers in Maryland, The OA in Pennsylvania, GLOW in Rhode Island, and Black Mirror in Hawaii.

Check out the map above to see if your favorite Netflix binge-watch matches up with your neighbors'. For more detailed findings, visit

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Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

[h/t Thrillist]


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