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.
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Winter has finally arrived: This morning in Melbourne, the temperature was 6°C. It's cold! For some people, the first freezing winds of winter are doubly depressing — we're closing in on the shortest day of the year (June 21), which means we're not getting a good dose of sunlight and it's too cold to go outside and get some exercise and fresh air.
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?
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.