Sound of Cocoa

What better way to wind down after a long hard winter’s day than by slumping into your favourite chair with your hands wrapped snugly around a nice warm mug of hot chocolate? Today we will be looking at something coined as the ‘hot chocolate effect’. And no, this is not the amazing effect it has on your taste buds and mood, although that can be considered equally as fascinating.
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You’re struggling on a difficult problem, trying to rack your brains around how to approach it. However, every path you try leads to a dead-end, leaving you shaking your fists in frustration. Casting your attention elsewhere, you notice a flock of birds flying past outside your window. Suddenly, for no apparent reason, the solution strikes you and you want to cry out in joy. But what word could possibly fit the occasion?

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Oh, Flip!

Yanhao strides into the classroom, wielding a half-full (optimism ftw) plastic bottle of water by the neck. Positioning himself at the front of the room, he takes up a stance of utter concentration and determination, eyes directly pointedly at a spot on the front desk. With a single intake of breath, the room falls into silence as it anticipates the magnitude of the feat it is about to witness. The teacher clasps cupped hands over their mouth, barely stifling a shocked gasp. As Yanhao shuts his eyes, one singular bead of sweat trickles down the length of his neck. In one fell swoop of his arm, he chucks the bottle up into the air. It pirouettes, landing elegantly on its base with barely a wobble. The silence explodes into madness.

Of course, this was only attempt #1003.

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The Driving Force of All Nature

I come forth to deliver a warning. The food you eat, the beverages you drink, the liquid running from all your taps – they contain the odourless, colourless chemical dihydogren monoxide. This chemical is known to be the basis of many adverse health effects, including gene mutation and cell lysis. It is home to countless pathogens and it allows the transmission of numerous diseases across the globe, yet we still expose ourselves to it every day. It has been and still continues to be a major cause of environmental erosion and the destruction of millions of residences worldwide.

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