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Brace yourselves, autumn is coming



As July comes to a close and the stress of fall semester begins to kick in, it's easy to forget you still have some free time to relax. Read through some of the things you can do before the summer ends.

Drink some tinto de verano

So what, the summer's ending? It's still here. Clutch onto what's left with this refreshing mix of wine and soda.

"Tinto de verano," translated as red wine of summer, is a popular refreshment in the summer in Spain. Use any red wine and a lemon-flavored soft drink to create the drink's hallmark carbonation. Clark Gudas Buy Photos

 

Ingredients

Any red wine

Sunkist Lemon Soda, or Diet 7-Up

Slice of lemon


Directions

1. Fill a highball glass with several ice cubes.

2. Pour wine one-third of the way to the top.

3. Pour the Sunkist Lemon Soda or Diet 7-Up to the top.

3. Garnish with lemon.


Visit the Kirkwood Observatory

The Kirkwood Observatory offers the public a chance to look at planets, stars and other space objects through its telescope. The observatory is located at 119 S. Indiana Ave.  Matt Begala Buy Photos


Space. It's unfathomably vast, cold and empty. Catch a glimpse every other Wednesday at the Kirkwood Observatory through its scientific telescope.  The open house schedule is available on the Department of Astronomy website. 

Bring a loved one and wonder at what's above.


Refamiliarize some old conspiracies


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Photoshopped images of the globe. Gravity doesn’t exist. The flat earth theory holds just that — the planet we live on is not spherical, but flat.

“The earth is surrounded on all sides by an ice wall that holds the oceans back,” according to the Flat Earth Society website

What exists beyond the ice wall is unknown.

According to the Flat Earth Society website, the best proof of a flat earth is the Bedford Level Experiment of the 19th century. After examining the surface level of water along a river in 1838, scientist Samuel Rowbotham concluded the Earth was flat.

“Can you really think of us rotating around the sun, and all the planets align, rotating in specific dates, being perpendicular with what’s going on with these planets and stuff like this?” Boston Celtics player Kyrie Irving said in Allie Clifton’s Road Trippin’ podcast.

Other celebrities and athletes have hinted at beliefs in the flat earth model, including retired professional basketball player Shaquille O’Neal and rapper B.o.B.



When it comes to gravity, some believe objects don’t actually accelerate downward — instead, the Earth is constantly accelerating upward at 32 feet per second squared, which creates the illusion gravity.

When it comes to space exploration, the Flat Earth Society suggests it only takes a fraction of the space travel budget to fake space travel, leaving a large surplus for greedy scientists.

“Please note that we are not suggesting that space agencies are aware that the earth is flat and actively covering the fact up,” according to the Flat Earth Society website. “They depict the earth as being round simply because that is what they expect it to be.”


Prepare some sweet potato nachos so you have a go-to snack for fall semester

Let’s be honest, nachos are incredible. They’re a filling snack that you can also turn into a meal if it’s needed. However, they may not be the best for your body. Sweet potato nachos may take longer to prepare than regular nachos, but if you’re free for just under an hour on the day the nacho cravings hit, sweet potato nachos will give you the flavor without the guilt. The only things you need to complete the recipe are an oven, sweet potatoes sliced into ¼ inch rounds, olive oil and the nachos toppings you desire. 

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