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  • To make wine taste as good as it did on vacation, you need to recreate the environment. (Thinkstock)You know when you buy an exquisite $25 bottle of wine on vacation, only to find it tastes like your average $12 bottle when you crack it open at home?

    No, your memory isn't deceiving you -- you're experiencing a psychological phenomenon that one Oxford University professor is determined to prove.

    Psychology professor Charles Spence claims that the same wine can taste either fruity, bitter or acidic depending on the lighting and sound of where a person drinks it.

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    For example, he suggests that drinking wine in a room with white or cream walls may be to blame for a bland-tasting wine.

    “The wine is still the same," he tells The Telegraph. "The only thing that has changed is your environment. So if you want to enjoy your holiday wine you need to recreate, as far as possible, the moment that you drank it."

    To test his theory, Spence will undertake the biggest multi-sensory experiment on the psychology of wine drinking at the Streets of Spain -- a UK

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  • UK-based lingerie company Bluebella recently asked a group of men and women to describe what the 'perfect' man and woman would look like to them.

    Using celebrities who had their most idealized body parts, composite images of the 'perfect' man and woman have since been making their way across the Internet based on the poll results.

    Women responded that they most desire the Duchess of Cambridge's hair (no surprise!), Cara Delevingne's face, Jennifer Aniston's breasts, Gwyneth Paltrow's stomach, and Emma Watson's hips (?!) atop of Elle Macpherson's gams.

    The 'perfect' woman, as described by women.

    For men, the ideal Franken-woman is even more cartoonish-looking. Scarlett Johannson's hair, Megan Fox's face and Kim Kardashian's breasts were just some of the 'perfect' physical attributes described.

    The perfect woman, as described by men.

    Both genders voiced preference for pin-thin female celebs and beefy men. When it came to the ideal man, the genders were a bit more in agreeance as to which celeb's features were most desirable, with both Brad Pitt and David Beckham

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  • Tired of your glasses constantly slipping down your nose? There's a wax for that.

    Nerdwax is a new product currently in development -- a blend of organic beeswax and coconut oil in a lip balm-sized tube -- designed to be applied to the pads of your eyeglasses so they don't slip down your nose.

    Nerdwax can help stop your glasses from sliding down your nose. (Image via Kickstarter)

    Entrepreneur Don Hejny, an audio engineer from Nashville, Tennessee, was inspired to create the special wax after watching a musician on stage constantly adjust her glasses.

    "I remember after that show calling my wife and being like 'I just had the most amazing idea,'" Hejny tells Mashable.

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    Hejny experiences his own frustrations with slipping eyeglasses, which constantly move around while he packs and unpacks audio equipment.

    "I know that there are so many people just like me out there who feel the same frustration but have no solution," Hejny tells Mashable.

    So he took matters into his own hands -- quite literally -- and spent four years

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