Seen and Heard — The Big Norwegian Secret, Smart Jewelry Making and More

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The Internet is a strange and exciting place filled with all sorts of fun ways to waste time. From DIY projects to educational infographs to silly videos, the Internet has it all! The Krrb team has their ear to the ground—here’s what we’ve been clicking on this week!

This week we’re getting creative with the way we look at Thanksgiving meals, winter doldrums and teaching computer programming to children. Read on!

Interactive Jewelry that Teaches Girls Programming

Are you familiar with the jewelry company that has promised to get 5000 girls coding in 30 days? If not, you will be! Giapetta’s Workshop is an interactive jewelry-making kit targeted for girls between 8-12. By incorporating coding with hands on creativity, Giapetta’s Workshop is working on closing the gender gap in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) jobs. Unlike other coding tools, they are inspiring girls to think of coding as another way to create art, music and animation. Currently raising money through Kickstarter, you can buy your first Giapetta’s Workshop kit for just $35. —Mateo

The Norwegian Secret to Long Winters

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Last winter was a tough one for me with a bad case of seasonal depression. Norwegians have a better way of dealing with those dark winter months. Research by Kari Leibowitz, a PhD student at Stanford University, found that residents of Tromsø in northern Norway had good overall mental health. Tromsø is so far north that the sun never climbs above the horizon during winter. Leibowitz found that people viewed winter as something to be enjoyed not endured. Skiing, cozy activites and community festivals brought people out to enjoy the season as well as the overall beauty of the light that never rises about the horizon. Read this fascinating article by Fast Company to see how shifting your mindset will help you look forward to the months ahead. —Vee

Eating Spiders in Your Sleep?

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Say it ain’t so, but maybe. Research shows that the talk of people swallowing spiders at night is an old wive’s tale, and spiders aren’t determined to crawl into our mouths while we sleep. However, a review of spider injuries indicates that they do hang around our homes and, therefore, face and limbs after hours. Take it from this one woman whose friend woke up “with a thousand pin sized bites all over her face as a result of an egg sac opening up at night above her bed.” Is there a lesson to be learned here? Clean the house, ya’ll. Immediately and every day. —Alexandra

A Vending Machine Thanksgiving

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Photo: Mashable.com

I can’t stop thinking about Thanksgiving. I could tell you it’s because I get to see my family, but 99% of the anticipation comes from the chance to chow down. In what I’m sure began as a joke, Mashable set out to enhance holiday favorites using snacks you could find in any vending machine: Twix-crusted pumpkin pie, barbecue chip potato bites, Cheetos-flavored deviled eggs and more. The weirdest part isn’t these flavor combinations…it’s that they all look amazing. —Lauren

Does Your Plate of Food and Personality Match up?

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Photo: Cosmopolitan.com

Most times when I’m out to dinner with people- friends, family, acquaintances, strangers, anyone- my eating habits get mocked in one way or another. I get it, I have some weird quirks when it comes to eating. One of them is the fact that I put one type of food on my plate at a time. Yup! While my friends are piling all of the Chinese food onto their plate, I’m putting my dumplings on and eating them, then my veggies, eating them, then my rice, eating it, etc. In a Cosmopolitan article, a behavioral food scientist, Juliet Boghossian, shares what your plate of food says about your personality. Turns out I’m not the only one with this super controlled tendency! Check it out and see if your plate type and personality match up! —Chrissy