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It's a tough job market out there. So check out the odd jobs A-Z list from 2008, and see if you can't find something new and different for a career ... such as a kitty litter box decorator, or a bartender at the Liberace mansion (Thanks Jan!)
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From Merinda, a game about bones that is both educational and addictive. See how well you do! (Merinda says she beat it - did anyone else?)
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If you're hungry or on a diet, you may not want to click here, where tons of delicious food pictures are aggregated from blogs and on display. The idea is so popular, there's another site devoted to it as well.
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Speaking of food, according to this article, chewing your food 40 times before swallowing may not be in your best interest. At least, that's how some dinosaurs did it ... but you see what happened to them.
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A cheap decorating idea: "When Charlie Kratzer started on the basement art project in his south Lexington home, he was surrounded by walls painted a classic cream. Ten dollars of Magic Marker and Sharpie later, the place was black and cream and drawn all over."
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Everything I needed to know in life I learned from ... a baby duck feeding carp?. See it to believe it!
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See if your town made it on the list of 7 Brainiest American Cities. Mine, er, didn't.
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Slightly scary jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.

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Short and hilarious video on elevator psychology. As a frequent elevator user myself, I know it's hard to resist the actions of your cramped compartment cohorts.
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Dailies and Alt Weeklies are in trouble everywhere. Read the Washington City Paper's satirical cover story regarding its parent company's bankruptcy, and what it means for readers.
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Are you getting beaten up for your sandwich on the playground (or the office?) ... consider using this anti-theft lunch bag.
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For any Flossers from the UK, try this service that allows you to instantly send a drink voucher from Corney & Barrow Wine Bar directly to someone's mobile phone. As link-finder Meredith points out, "They are also a supplier to Queen Elizabeth II, but I'm not aware if the Queen utilizes this service. ;)" As far as we know, anyway.
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A video that shows how a space painting is made with spray paint. The result is rather unexpectedly beautiful.
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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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