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The History Of Nutella

Five minutes of video explaining the not-so-secret origin of Nutella.
It may be ironic that chocolate is generally cheaper to buy than Nutella, given the reasons for the spread’s creation.

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When Coca-Cola Tried To Introduce Vending Machines That Raised Their Prices On Hot Days (via Today I Found Out)

Everyone is used to (but nobody likes) the way that petrol prices rise and fall through the week in a way that has less to do with the cost of production and more to do with increased demand and capacity to pay.
In Australia most mortgages have interest rates that can be raised (and more recently lowered) with no or little notice.
But the same grudging tolerance is not extended towards other products.
This Today I Found Out Story made me think of that.
It’s about a time when Coca-Cola trialled vending machines that had internal thermostats so that they could raise or lower their prices based on what would be understood to be people’s thirst.
It did not prove to be a popular measure.
Perhaps it was simply before its time.
(When I used to drink soft-drink there was a vending machine that sold Coke Zero cheaper than anywhere else and I went out of my way to use it.)
A brief excerpt.

When asked how Coca-Cola as a company planned to take advantage of the amazing revelation that hot weather inexplicably also coincided with an increased demand for cold drinks, Ivester stated that they’d been developing a new line of vending machines that exploited this fact. Specifically, [then CEO Doug] Ivester explained that Coca-Cola had been experimenting with vending machines that contained a thermostat and simple software that would raise the price of the products within the machine once a certain temperature threshold had been reached. As Ivester himself would correctly point out during the interview, neither the technology nor the idea of raising the price of a product in times of great demand was a new concept, noting in regards to the latter that “the machine will simply make this process automatic”.

Read the whole article at Today I Found Out.

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Seventy National Stereotypes Debunked – Or Not (via Condé Nast Traveller)

This video from Condé Nast Traveller features seventy people of different nationalities saying what the most common stereotypical perception of their country is.
Some of them concede that sometimes a stereotype is a stereotype for a reason.
And sadly, we don’t all ride kangaroos. Though sometimes we see them hopping down our main street.
I’m a bit crushed to find out they don’t say ‘Hakuna Matata’ in Tanzania.

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Twenty-Seven Words That Have Changed Meaning

This edition of the List Show, hosted by John Green, contains twenty-seven words that have changed meaning over time.
It’s interesting to see how in some cases the form of the word still shows the link to other words which have to do with the original meaning, and how what seems like a weird word. (like calling someone’s face their ‘mug’) make sense.
It will literally never make sense that literally can now mean the same thing as figuratively even though their original meanings are opposite.

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How To Husk And Open A Coconut

In case you’re ever marooned on an island, here’s a tutorial on how to husk and open a coconut.

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How Deep Is The Ocean?

As this video demonstrates the earth’s oceans go deep.
Very deep.
And there’s a lot of space that’s never been explored.

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A Little Bit Of Royal Trolling

While trolling is meant to be confined to inflammatory behaviour on the internet, I think it can encompass face to face behaviour as well.
This article on Today I Found Out started out answering the question about whether Queen Elizabeth 2 needs a passport (she doesn’t), moves on to observe that she also doesn’t require a driver’s licence (though she can, and has, driven motor vehicles since the second world war), but then adds a delightful anecdote involving a pointed demonstration to Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia that a woman can drive a car.
One gets her amusement as one has opportunity, it seems.
Read here at Today I Found Out.