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Ten Random Facts About The Emmys

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1. The name "Emmy" was derived from the term "immy," which described the image orthicon tubes common in early TV cameras.

2. In 1987, The Facts of Life was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling.

3. Pee-Wee's Playhouse won 22 Emmy Awards (including Daytime Emmys). Paul Reubens was also nominated as a guest star on Murphy Brown.

4. In 1971, George C. Scott turned down his Oscar for the movie Patton, complaining the Oscars were a petty popularity contest. But that same year, he accepted an Emmy for his role in Hallmark Hall of Fame's The Price.

Frasier.jpg5. In 1992, NBC's Wings had nominees for Best Supporting Actor and Actress "“ for guest stars Tyne Daly and Kelsey Grammer (reaching to play psychiatrist Frasier Crane). Tony "Antonio Scarpacci" Shalhoub would grin and bear it for eleven more years before being recognized for Monk.

6. Speaking of Grammer, he's the only actor to be nominated for the same character on three different shows "“ Wings (once), Cheers (twice), and Frasier (ten nominations, four Best Actor wins). Speaking of Cheers, Sam Malone, Diane Chambers, Carla Tortelli, Lilith Sternin-Crane, Woody Boyd and Rebecca Howe were all winners. John Cleese also won an Outstanding Guest Actor statue for his brilliant Dr. Simon Finch-Royce.

7. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards both won for Seinfeld. Jason Alexander was nominated "“ and lost "“ seven consecutive times; Jerry himself lost five straight years.

8. Dynasty was nominated 24 times; Dynasty lost 24 times.

BTK.jpg9. Cops has been nominated four times (Outstanding Informational Series, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994).

10. The Emmy Statues are manufactured by a company with a manufacturing site at the El Dorado Correctional Facility in El Dorado, Kansas. Also at the El Dorado Correctional Facility: BTK killer Dennis Rader. This is one of those facts that seems made up and randomly posted on both Wikipedia and Answers.com. Only use this nugget if you've spent the other nine.

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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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