4 Coffee Hacks That Actually Work

Unlike our British counterparts across the pond, it's coffee—not tea—that primarily fuels our offices and homes. But how much do you really know about the beloved beverage? In the latest episode of Scatterbrained, John Green and his co-hosts break down everything that can be gleaned from the history of the bean, including the origin of words like "frappuccino" and "latte," caffeine's effect on memory, and the surprising reason why the arrival of coffee triggered a "dawn of sobriety" in England. (No, sadly Americans can't claim coffee as our national drink.)

The Scatterbrained team even tests out some coffee life hacks to find out if they live up to their claims. Perhaps you can't grind coffee beans with a mortar and pestle like some bloggers claim, but would you really want to, anyway?

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Everything You Need To Know About Online Shopping

Mental Floss via YouTube
Mental Floss via YouTube

Thanks to online shopping, consumers no longer have to interact with other humans to get their holiday wish list taken care of. But there's more to e-tailing than simple misanthropy.

In the latest episode of Scatterbrained, presented by Discover, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy and friends uncover some of the most peculiar online purchases (haunted canes), how to find online deals, and the first time anything was purchased online.

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Everything You Need To Know About Weddings

Mental Floss via YouTube
Mental Floss via YouTube

Promises. Hand-holding. Weeping—and that's just when you get the bill for your wedding! Fear not, happily betrothed couples: there are plenty of ways to plan the wedding of your dreams on a budget—you just need to know where to look.

In the latest episode of Scatterbrained, presented by Discover, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy and friends will take you for a stroll down the aisle as we take a look at the history of swearing one's eternal devotion to a partner before you realize they snore, and offer some money-saving tips for your big day.

Find out more in the full video below.

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