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Listen to John Legend Sing a Duet With Actual Stars

Nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter John Legend has had great success in his career, but so far he's only been judged by the denizens of this planet. In a new collaboration with Stella Artois and astrophysicist Zoltán Kolláth, Legend took his talents above and beyond by finding new voices to harmonize with: a group of actual stars.

The duet, aptly titled "Under the Stars," is being called the "first-ever duet between a musical star on earth and actual stars in the sky," and is a part of Stella Artois' Give Beautifully holiday campaign. "Stella Artois was originally crafted as a holiday gift to the city of Leuven, Belgium and we want to pay tribute to our origin story and inspire the entire country to give beautifully this holiday season," Stella Artois VP Ricardo Marques said in a press release. But space isn't filled with the sounds of singing stars, so to get the other part of the song, they needed the help of science.

According to Kolláth, each star in space has a frequency that, when translated and analyzed, has an audible tone. The tones of the stars (which are known officially as R Scuti, HR 1217, KIC 1162150, and KIC 3749404) were combined to create a sound that Legend describes as "ethereal" with a "dreamy vibe." The lyrics to the song include various references to the heavens and the stars, and also love and coming together. Listen to the track above and visit StellaArtois.com to learn more about the holiday campaign.

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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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