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  • Why does hot water freeze faster than cold water, even though it must pass through the latter's temperature on the way?

    Asking this question is a sure-fire way to get some physicists in a tizzy... they'll insist that the whole premise is false, and that unseen impurities in the water merely taint the experiment every time it's performed. The Mpemba Effect, they'll swear, has never, ever been proven and never will be, because it's obviously a lie.

    June 18, 2007