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Love and Amnesia. How do you explain your marriage to a spouse who doesn't remember you?
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The 12 All-Time Ugliest Christmas Sweaters. And some are still available to buy!
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Imagine the game Angry Birds as a movie. Now go watch a trailer for that imaginary movie.
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Data from geomagnetic storms was converted into sound and video to make this piece of video art. Now, who gets to claim credit as the artist?
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An American Psycho remake? That movie came out only eleven years ago, so it's going to take something special to impress people into watching a remake.
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The Definitive Collection Of Cat GIFs. This ought to keep you busy -and in stitches- for a while.
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Obi-Wan Kenobi was actually The Worst Teacher of All Time. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
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London cab drivers must memorized the city's map before they are licensed. Eleanor Maguire studies the changes in their brains as they learn all the routes. (via Metafilter)
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Would you like to use a touchscreen that lets you feel textures? The new technology uses an "an ultra-low electrical current" to simulate the sensation of different surfaces.
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No Place Like Home: Truly Disgusting Houses. They might make you sick, but you'll feel better about your own housekeeping habits.

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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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