A Tribute to Obsessive Collectors

I know and love a lot of collectors of things: scotch, vintage photographs, guitars, signed baseballs. It seems like there's no end to the things people can obsess about -- and it's funny to watch corporations try and manufacture that desire in people (Indiana Jones cups at Burger King: collect all six!) when it's really so ineffable. Who knows where the desire to own every iteration of some nichey thing comes from? (The really strange graphic to the left, by the way, comes from the guys at Everything is Terrible, who spent some time collecting as many VHS copies of Jerry Maguire as they could get their hands on.) I found some videos of amazing collections of very random things, and wanted to take a minute just to appreciate the OCD awesomeness.

Chris, featured in the great documentary Confessions of a Superhero, is a Superman fanatic. I love the way the girl he's showing his collection to lapses so quickly into "Wow," "Uh-huh," "Wow" -- something familiar to any super-nerdy collector.

This New Zealand man owns more than 100,000 toys. He defines what it is to be an obsessive collector: "if I see two of something, I'll buy them -- because that's a new [collection]."

Mary, known as "the hat lady of Omaha," collects more than just headwear. She also collects cats!

What do you collect?

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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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