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Greg Veis, YouTube Hunter: 4 Triumphs, a Borat, and a Goulet... Oh My!

Sometimes I dig so deep for you. I trawl and I dredge and I scrape to find YouTubes at the far end of the Long Tail, YouTubes so obscure that they're watched only by shut-ins taking rejuvenation breaks during Shannon Tweed movie marathons. But in this deep-sea diving, you can miss the meaty nourishment near the surface. (That may have been the worst metaphor I've ever used.) So, today, I resolve to bring you the best of the obvious: Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Borat, and Will Ferrell doing his Robert Goulet impression. I also promise never to use a nautical metaphor again.

Here, three Triumph sketches. The first one -- the Bon Jovi one -- is the best of the bunch. There are no words in the English language (save one) to describe its excellence. So I won't try. Coming from as far as Exit 12... Triumph the Insult Comic Dog:

This kicked the phenomenon off. A classic:

When the trial is over, none of us can really know if Michael Jackson is innocent or guilty. But there is one thing we do know... He's guilty:

These next two are skits from The Night of Too Many Stars, a benefit that aired last Sunday in support of this very worthy charity. Jon Stewart, whom you may be familiar with through his work with MTV, hosted the proceedings, and he played the straight man in both of these interviews. They humding.

And the evening, being a Robert Smigel production, also featured a Triumph sketch -- a delicate balance of topical humor and always welcome Moby-bashing.

Moby, by the way, once picked up on a friend of mine at a club by asking if she liked his music. You read that right: if SHE liked his music. Your guess is as good as mine.

See you next week!

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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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