Weekend Links: Flying Over the Earth With The Greatest Of Ease

From reader Addison, a good ole fashioned game suggestion, with pics! "My friends and I have been getting together for game nights almost every week for the last six years. One game that we've (maybe) created is called Telephone Comics. One of my friends has started a website sharing the joy of this game with others." Report back if you tried it!
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The Autumnal Equinox has just passed us by, but stop and ponder (and look through a great gallery of) the group most closely associated with worshiping the changes in nature, The Druids: Mystery, Faith, Myth.
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This spring, a NASA astronaut tweeted pictures from his journey aboard the International Space Station, which have been turned into a really cool visual narrative of space travel!
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While you're at it, go on and fly over the Earth without leaving your seat. (Stunning! Especially the storms at night)
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If you thought The Yellow Wallpaper was bad … could you live in one of these art installation rooms?
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The Unites States is a huge country full of successful cities. But just how successful? "San Francisco's metropolitan area contains an economy the size of Thailand. Chicago's GDP rivals Switzerland. If the largest U.S. cities were countries, where would they rank?"
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When video games aren't busy poisoning the minds of today's youths, they can turn out to be pretty helpful in scientific pursuits … and not just those concerning thumb strain and carpel tunnel. It turns out that some gamers have actually solved a molecular puzzle that baffled scientists.
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For those who didn't know, back in the Studio Era books were written with popular movie stars as the hero (think Nancy Drew, but staring Judy Garland!) It's an interesting artifact from our past (my mother actually still has one of the Judy Garland books). Back then the studios exercised almost complete control over their stars' lives … I don't think these books could be written today and have any one believe them!
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Just when I thought it had all been done, Colin shares a link to another amazing Lego creation: Behold, "The Brick Testament:" Biblical scenes depicted in Legos. There's a definite focus on the more intense scenes, and each one is rated for Sex, Language, Nudity and Violent content (of the Lego kind). Take it for what you will!
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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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