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    1. Why are drink coasters flat?

      A drink coaster goes under a glass or cup, and is intended to catch any condensation or spillage from the glass, to protect the tabletop underneath. But most coasters are flat.* Any liquid that...

      A drink coaster goes under a glass or cup, and is intended to catch any condensation or spillage from the glass, to protect the tabletop underneath.

      But most coasters are flat.* Any liquid that gathers on them can roll off the edges onto the table. Some coasters are made of a water-absorbing material, like cardboard or cork, but some are made of materials that repel water, like metal or ceramic or plastic.

      I ask this because I recently discovered a small coaster-like tray with an upraised lip around the edge. Strictly speaking, it's not a coaster, but it's exactly the right size to be used as a coaster - and, with the upraised lip around the edge, it actually prevents liquid from escaping onto the table.

      So why are coasters flat?

      (I bought some of the lipped not-coasters to use as coasters. This design makes sense to me. And they happen to look nice as well.)

      * It was only while researching coasters online prior to making this post that I discovered that some coasters have lips. Every coaster I've seen in real life is flat.

      20 votes
    2. Website Reader Friendly Fonts?

      I'm developing a website that will be for the academically inclined. As you know, these people do a lot of reading. So, I wondered if anyone here knew of particular fonts that are easy on the eyes...

      I'm developing a website that will be for the academically inclined. As you know, these people do a lot of reading. So, I wondered if anyone here knew of particular fonts that are easy on the eyes and lend well to long reads.

      Got any ideas?

      14 votes