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The Late Movies: Facebook Songs and Parodies

Facebook celebrated 8 years this February, and in that time it has become a household name. As with any cultural phenomenon, it's the subject of songs and parodies. While some of these scenarios are now out-dated (Facebook has changed a lot in 8 years!), these are still some of our favorite videos about the social networking site.

Warning: Some of these videos contain adult/foul language.

Facebook Manners

The sex and relationships site YourTango created this retro video to humorously illustrate Facebook etiquette, especially as it applies to relationships.

Facebook in Real Life

The British sketch comedy group Idiots of Ants answers the question, "What would Facebook be like in real life?" This clip was on BBC Three.

Songs About Facebook

This "I'm getting bored of Facebook" anti-Facebook anthem was created by the British marketing agency Rebel Virals.

For a more soothing pro-Facebook song, check out this one from the Cheezies, an a cappella group at Miami University (Oxford, OH). It's set to the tune of "All I Have To Do" by the Everly Brothers.

"Facebook Stalkin'" is by one of the most popular a cappella groups, Straight No Chaser, while they were still in their collegiate years at Indiana University.

A hair-metal anthem for Facebook's early college-only users:

This song from musical comedy duo Rhett & Link addresses "Facebook in real life" near the end.

Facebook Back

It might be based on "SexyBack," but this Vietnamese music video is a bit more serious than the rest of this mix -- it was part of a campaign to bring Facebook back after the Vietnamese government blocked access to the site in November 2009.

Facebook Commercial

Students at the University of Southern California created this eHarmony-style Facebook commercial for the campus variety TV show "Exposed."

Facebook Thriller

CollegeHumor created this faux-trailer for a Face/Off-style thriller about college and Facebook.

A Life Told Through Facebook

This video came out before Facebook's Timeline layout, but you can still watch a man grow and change through his profile Facebook. (The audio is fine, but there is NSFW text in the video.)

Why We Hate Facebook

The description for this puppet video from Glove & Boots is a pretty good summation of how many of us feel about Facebook: "We love Facebook. And we hate Facebook."

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Any great videos about Facebook that we missed?

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What's the Difference Between Vanilla and French Vanilla Ice Cream?
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While you’re browsing the ice cream aisle, you may find yourself wondering, “What’s so French about French vanilla?” The name may sound a little fancier than just plain ol’ “vanilla,” but it has nothing to do with the origin of the vanilla itself. (Vanilla is a tropical plant that grows near the equator.)

The difference comes down to eggs, as The Kitchn explains. You may have already noticed that French vanilla ice cream tends to have a slightly yellow coloring, while plain vanilla ice cream is more white. That’s because the base of French vanilla ice cream has egg yolks added to it.

The eggs give French vanilla ice cream both a smoother consistency and that subtle yellow color. The taste is a little richer and a little more complex than a regular vanilla, which is made with just milk and cream and is sometimes called “Philadelphia-style vanilla” ice cream.

In an interview with NPR’s All Things Considered in 2010—when Baskin-Robbins decided to eliminate French Vanilla from its ice cream lineup—ice cream industry consultant Bruce Tharp noted that French vanilla ice cream may date back to at least colonial times, when Thomas Jefferson and George Washington both used ice cream recipes that included egg yolks.

Jefferson likely acquired his taste for ice cream during the time he spent in France, and served it to his White House guests several times. His family’s ice cream recipe—which calls for six egg yolks per quart of cream—seems to have originated with his French butler.

But everyone already knew to trust the French with their dairy products, right?

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Belly Flop Physics 101: The Science Behind the Sting
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Belly flops are the least-dignified—yet most painful—way of making a serious splash at the pool. Rarely do they result in serious physical injury, but if you’re wondering why an elegant swan dive feels better for your body than falling stomach-first into the water, you can learn the laws of physics that turn your soft torso a tender pink by watching the SciShow’s video below.

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