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I'm rubber, you're glue...

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I saw this superglue ad on ettf and thought it was pretty amusing. Oh, if only the UN could invest in a bit of rubber cement or Scotch tape and patch up the world!

Anyway, while I've got this great big pic of the Koreas up here, I figured I'd toss you 3 Crazy Reasons to Visit the Demilitarized Zone (the 155 mile-long, 2.5 mile-wide demarcation territory between North and South Korea) culled straight from our last issue's A Few Good Reasons to Vacation in North Korea feature.

1. EXTREME BIRDWATCHING! (AND GOLF): Heavily mined, baricaded, and patrolled from both sides, the Zone is essentially a no-man's land. However, it is home to several formerly endangered species of birds, now safely tucked away from human contact. Better yet, you can view these amazing creatures as part of your guided tour of the DMZ. Seriously. Both the North Koreans and the South Koreans sponsor Zone tours. Not much of a bird enthusiast? Squeeze in a round of golf on the Joint Security Area's self-proclaimed "World's Most Dangerous Golf Course." But amateurs beware: Landing in the rough can mean treading through live mine fields!

2. MEET THE LOCALS. About the only people living inside the Demilitarized Zone are a group of ex-refugees whom the South Korean government has allowed to resettle in their native lands. Collectively, DMZ residents live in a village called T'aesong-dong (or "Attaining Success Town"), otherwise known by the American military as "Freedom Village." Believe it or not, living in T'aesong-dong has some pretty spectacular perks. Residents are exempt from military service and taxation and are extremely wealthy compared to their counterparts in rural South Korea. Of course, they also have to endure the daily propaganda that's blasted over loudspeakers from the northern side of the border. North Korea, incidentally, has its own border village, which boasts bigger houses, a larger official population, and a much bigger flag than T'aesong-dong. How big is it? So big that it takes eight gale forces of wind to even make the thing flutter—not that anyone cares. Observers have never seen people in the village, and the windows on the houses appear to actually be painted on—leading American soldiers to call it "Propaganda Village."
3. DIG A TUNNEL. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, North Koreans spent a lot of time tunneling under the DMZ and into South Korean territory. The largest of these tunnels, the Third Tunnel of Aggression, was discovered in 1975 and extends a mile into South Korea. U.S. military experts estimate that it could have funneled some 10,000 troops and vehicles across (or, rather, beneath) the border in just an hour. Today, the South Korean government runs 'round-the-clock tunnel detection teams (that reportedly include a few psychics) to keep the North from doing any more of what it called "coal mining." You can even tour the Third Tunnel of Aggression if you like, but only from the South Korean side.

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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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