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The Fake News Around Viennese Coffee Houses Shows How We Twist Reality to Suit Our Myths
The Viennese take coffee very seriously – nigh on a religion. If you go, you’ll undoubtedly hear about how coffee was introduced to the city in the late 17th Century... The story is, of course, complete rubbish.
THE UPSIDE DOWN: Wetworld – the Most Unlikely Thing in the Universe
We live in strange times. Familiarity is draining from our lives; old political alignments are dissolving; the weather is unpredictable and violent. But perhaps we should try harder to embrace the strangeness: after all, we are made from the most unlikely thing in the universe.