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The Missing Links: Where Is the Mountain-Climbing Tim Taylor?

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VP Must Stand For Very Patronizing. Or Voracious Pugilism.
A few notable moments from Vice Presidential debates throughout the years.

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Sacred Home Land For Sale. Very Spacious. Must See to Believe.
The Great Sioux Nation is trying to raise the money to repurchase their sacred tribal land.

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Trick or Treat On the Cheap
Just because you’re low on cash doesn't mean you have to go as a hobo for Halloween.


Or: You could just utilize one of Adam Sandler’s old SNL costume ideas, like Crazy Newspaper Face.


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Food So Good, You Could Eat the Wrapper
No, really.


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A 14-Year-Old Climbed A Mountain 40 Years Ago
And we know that because someone just found a letter he wrote and hid away all those years ago. Now people are trying to find him.

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Remember World War III?
No? These pictures may be a part of the reason why.

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The Occupants of This Thing Had Better Lay Golden Eggs
I know what Veruca Salt would have demanded from her dad next.

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This Web Series Is Gonna Bite
Because it is going to star the two (no longer nearly as) young stars of the Charlie Bit Me video.

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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?

Have you got a Big Question you'd like us to answer? If so, let us know by emailing us at bigquestions@mentalfloss.com.

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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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