One commonly repeated factoid says that if you have a cup of hot water and a cup of cold water, and you put both in the freezer, the cup of hot water will freeze first. Is there any truth to this seemingly counter-intuitive claim?
You may notice that deserts have a tendency to form in certain regions on the planet, usually around ± 30° latitude. Is there a particular reason for this? What makes these regions more susceptible to desert formation?