The 2018 Winter Olympics have begun and it's time to cheer on our athletes. The trouble is, it's hard to know what the heck's going on in some of these events. Why are there so many people skating at once? What is curling exactly? Is ice dancing the same as figure skating? And, woah, does that lady have a gun?
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Some people are less active in winter and so are some plants. They go dormant in extreme weather, such as freezing temperatures, then come out when conditions are better for them to grow. While dormant, a plant's leaves fall off and it might look dead. There's a good chance it isn't, though.
I recently went into a coffee shop to get a hot chocolate and, to my surprise, they had something called a "Hot Vanilla" on the menu. I was sceptical, but I gave it a try and it was one of the best warm drinks I've ever tasted. It's easy enough to make at home, too.
If you've ever driven a car that's parked outside in winter, you'll know it's frigid as hell inside your car and the windshield can be totally opaque from all the foggy arse frost. Not cool. How do you get rid of it? Hit the defrost button right? That's not all. The always inquisitive Mark Rober tested out every combination on how to defrost your windshield and came up with a way that is twice as fast as other methods. That means you'll get a clear windshield in half the time.
Winter storms are a colossal pain in the bum. Depending on the severity, they can also cause extensive property damage and loss of human life. If you're anticipating brutal weather in the months ahead, this infographic checklist will help to keep your and loved ones safe when Old Man Winter goes apeshit.
NSW is currently shivering its way through one of the worst cold snaps in memory. Last night, Sydney temperatures dropped to 10 degrees or under - which was a rude shock after weeks of balmy Autumn weather. While we haven't reached frostbite season yet, it can never hurt to be prepared. This infographic explains what to do when Jack Frost tries to bit your nose off.
While mulled wine is a common Christmas drink enjoyed in a number of places where it's actually cold at Christmas, it's not so common here in Australia, even during our chilly winters. Cosying up with a mug of something that's both warm and alcoholic is one of the best things you can do on a cold winter's evening -- here's how you can make some.
If you don't have a hot water bottle at the foot of your bed as Australia heads into the colder, rainier months, I'm begging you to reconsider. Sure, you can wear warm socks or tuck your feet under a human or canine companion. But dogs don't stay in place, and people tend to shriek "Eek! Your feet are cold!" before rolling over and stealing your covers.
According to my calendar, the Australian winter is almost over yet it's still cold as buggery. This morning, I had to scrape about an inch of frost off my windscreen and then warm up the engine like some hapless Melbournian. But wait. Do you really need to warm up a car before driving or is this just an old dad's tale? This video explains what you need to know.