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The Best of The Boss

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Following up yesterday's post on the state of the Steinbrenner-Torre marriage, here's a partial list of King George's memorable moves.

"¢ Steinbrenner was indicted on 14 criminal counts on April 5, 1974, then pled guilty to making illegal contributions to Nixon's re-election campaign and obstruction of justice on August 23. He was suspended for two years, but later reduced that amount to nine months, with Steinbrenner returning to the Yankees in 1976.

On January 19, 1989, in one of the final acts of his presidency, Ronald Reagan granted Steinbrenner a full and unconditional pardon. (?!?)

"¢ After a Yankee loss in game three of the 1981 World Series in Los Angeles, Steinbrenner called a press conference in his hotel room. He proceeded to show off his left hand, which was in a cast, and various other injuries he claimed were the product of a fight with two Dodgers fans in the hotel elevator ("There are two guys in this town looking for their teeth and two guys who will probably sue me.") Nobody came forward about the fight, leading most to believe that he had made up the story of the fight in order to light a fire under the Yankees. That didn't happen, either.

"¢ On July 30, 1990 (my eleventh birthday), commissioner Fay Vincent banned Steinbrenner from baseball for life. A harsh penalty for a nonsensical crime. Steinbrenner paid Howie Spira, a small-time gambler, $40,000 to dig up dirt on outfielder Dave Winfield. He had sued his Boss for failing to pay Winfield's foundation the $300,000 guaranteed in his contract.

"¢ In 1985, sixteen games into the season, he fired Yankee icon and legend Yogi Berra. Berra was just one of twenty managers in George's first twenty-three years.

More Steinbrenner magic here, courtesy of Jeff Merron of ESPN Page 2.

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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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