Morning Cup of Links: Spider Porn

Nina Sandlin takes pictures of spider genitalia in her spare time. Her spider porn collection is becoming a priceless tool for identifying arachnid species. (via Metafilter)
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Living a prosperous modern life won't make you happy. In fact, there are facets of the modern world that make up a recipe for depression.
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A study says happy people live longer, but you know that correlation is not causation. It could be that older people are just happy that they aren't dead yet.
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Surprise! Your status updates or the comments you leave on Facebook might show up in a Google search. I hope you've written nothing that a future employer might find objectionable.
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Did you hear about the testicle tumor with a human face? The good news for the owner is that the tumor is benign, and the bad news is that the whole world has seen his testicle.
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A Beautiful Letter From An American Lieutenant To His 3-Year Old Son On V-E Day. Bonus: it was jotted down on Hitler's personal stationery.
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9 types of drivers that piss everyone off. Put them together and make up everyone on the road: idiots, maniacs, and you.
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Petman: A 'Terminator-esque' humanoid robot. Developed to test military protective gear, it moves in a more human manner than any robot seen before.
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The Secret Life of the Banjo. With a bonus number by Kermit the Frog.

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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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