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Nine Restaurants Sent Back From the Future to Destroy Us (With Good Eats). Cooking, ordering, and delivery all go hi-tech at an eatery near you. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
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How Much Should We Practice? A new study shows that it's better to occasionally step back and listen for a while.
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The Limburger Cheese War. Stinky or not, it was a matter of pride and honor between postmasters who wouldn't back down.
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Jackie Chan vs. the Eye of Sauron. If you've ever seen any Jackie Chan movie, you know how this animated short turns out.
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Tower repair in the big city. Warning: looking at this picture might make you feel just a little woozy.
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Shirley was ordered to stay in bed and eat a strict bland diet until the baby arrives. Her husband takes special care to liven up her dull breakfast by creating elaborate scenes with her food. (via Nag on the Lake)
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VELCRO: The Humble Origins of the Greatest Thing to Ever Happen to My Sneakers. Many think it was developed for the space program, but the sticky stuff goes back much further.

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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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