An Academic Conversation About Peppermint Has No Business Being This Entertaining.

A less savory deconstruction of your favorite holiday treat, but still a fulfilling one

The University of Southern California has released a mesmerizing three-minute video on peppermint with a slew of professors (an art historian, a neurobiologist, psychologist, and classicist) presenting their respective research on the addictive green plant. One traces the iconic red stripes to the history of outcasts, another describes a protein in the brain that sends our bodies cold vibes when we eat mints. This kind of cross-disciplinary exchange is exactly what universities everywhere are trying to achieve in their scholarship, only in this case USC has created something super accessible for those without PHDs. Sure it’s not DNA polymerases or hermeneutic phenomenology but who besides the specialists in those fields understands that stuff anyhow?

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Jim Browning is a YouTuber from the UK who has an amazing ability to catch scammers in the act.

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"I got an 'invoice' email telling me that I had paid for a $3800 laptop," Browning writes on his YouTube page. "No links... just a phone number. It's a real shame that these scammers emailed me because I was able to find out exactly who they were and where the were."

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Danielle Reno of Missouri left her car running and it was stolen by thieves. But she wasn't going to let her car go so easily.

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