The Weekend Links

"¢ Here are 10 of the Strangest Sights in Google Street View. Now it's not Big Brother watching so much as, well, you? Check out The Map Room for more map-related fun. (Thanks Jan!)

"¢ Reader Jane sent in a link to this incredible product. As she put it, "it is amazing what Amazon.com will sell. If you got the $$ they have the item." Additionally, the user reviews makes this a classic.

"¢ You might have seen this, but for those who haven't: 30 Things That Should Never be Adapted to Film. Still, I KNOW you guys would go see the LOLCats movie. Don't even lie to yourselves!

The Scuba: a car that runs underwater. Take that, greenhouse gas!

"¢ This story from The Sun about a menacing gnome will scare you or excite you, but either way, seriously, what IS it?

"¢ From the AV Club, The Scandal of Olivia Newton-John: 12 surprisingly controversial Wikipedia pages. For PTI fans, I also hear they've finally opened back up editing on Kornheiser and Wilbon's pages as well.

"¢ Beware! People are watching you on the streets (see above), studying your reading habits, and listening to your conversations ... (Thanks to John for the links.)

"¢ Weekly dose of cute alert: If you are feeling blue, just click here for the best screen cleaner in the world!

"¢ We've talked about unfortunate facial hair in baseball, and so to tickle your fancy, here are some of the Worst Haircuts in Basketball History (via GorillaMask.net)

"¢ Absolutely amazing: 20 Incredibly Unconventional Hotel Rooms that will make you considering redecorating your own living space.

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"¢ Also from Jan, a list of the Most Unusual Books of the World. Pop-ups aren't just for kids!

"¢ Get ready, Flossers! Brett Savage is currently working on a Guns N' Roses quiz to whet your appetite for destruction. In the meantime, check out this vintage article from McSweeney's on the hilarious deconstruction of "Sweet Child O' Mine" by an editor.

Much love to everyone who sent in links this week ... please keep it up! Remember, pictures and shameless personal plugs are always welcome. Just send your stuff to flossylinks@gmail.com and gain a little flossy fame. Have a great weekend!

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The Simple Way to Reheat Your French Fries and Not Have Them Turn Into a Soggy Mess
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Some restaurant dishes are made to be doggy-bagged and reheated in the microwave the next day. Not French fries: The more crispy and delectable they are when they first arrive on your table, the more of a soggy disappointment they’ll be when you try to revive them at home. But as The Kitchn recently shared, there’s a secret to making leftover fries you’ll actually enjoy eating.

The key is to avoid the microwave altogether. Much of the appeal of fries comes from their crunchy, golden-brown exterior and their creamy potato center. This texture contrast is achieved by deep-frying, and all it takes is a few rotations around a microwave to melt it away. As the fries heat up, they create moisture, transforming all those lovely crispy parts into a flabby mess.

If you want your fries to maintain their crunch, you need to recreate the conditions they were cooked in initially. Set a large pan filled with about 2 tablespoons of oil for every 1 cup of fries you want to cook over medium-high heat. When you see the oil start to shimmer, add the fries in a single layer. After about a minute, flip them over and allow them to cook for half a minute to a minute longer.

By heating up fries with oil in a skillet, you produce something called the Maillard Reaction: This happens when high heat transforms proteins and sugars in food, creating the browning effect that gives fried foods their sought-after color, texture, and taste.

After your fries are nice and crisp, pull them out of the pan with tongs or a spatula, set them on a paper towel to absorb excess oil, and sprinkle them with salt. Now all you need is a perfect burger to feel like you’re eating a restaurant-quality meal at home.

[h/t The Kitchn]

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