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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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