Why Does Hot Water Freeze Faster Than Cold?

The phenomenon has puzzled science for centuries.  So, if you know the answer you can take your place beside Newton, Einstein, Aristotle and Boyle plus collect a nifty prize of $1554.70.

The Royal Society of Chemistry In Britain has offered the cash prize to any member of the public who offers a convincing explanation.

Charts, computations, models, and lab experiments are not required. Just answer the question first, get paid, and start your journey among the nerds.

The Mpemba effect as it's known has defeated geniuses like Francis Bacon and René Descartes. And has confounded modern science too. Forget the obvious effects of evaporation, convection and supercooling - none of them is the right answer.

You have until July 30 to cough up your brilliant solution. You are already going up against giants from the past, and a batch of worldwide postgraduate scientists already working on it.

Ah science, just when you thought these guys were on the edge of discovering the origin of the universe, and finding a Higgs Boson you find out these goons don't even know why hot water freezes faster than cold water. And even more germane...why does anyone care...