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Weekend Links: Pac-Man on Saturn's Moon

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A Lego ramen soup that confuses my stomach. Why does it look so delicious ...
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Even if you aren't a Game of Thrones fan, you may like this short clip of the show edited with a laugh track to make it Seinfeld-esque. All you really need to know is that Game of Thrones is a brutal drama, which makes the juxtaposition that much better. (I thought the Ned / Littlefinger / Cat scene turned out particularly well).
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NASA image shows Pac-Man on Saturn's moon. Silly and cool. (Thanks Holly!)
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Scandal or rightfully so? And former Oxford English Dictionary editor covertly deleted thousands of words. "Efforts to rewrite the dictionary in the 70s and 80s to omit entries with foreign origins described as 'really shocking.'" Tricky though, since English is such an amalgam …
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But! Here are some unusual words that we did keep and that are quite lovely indeed (a plethora of my faves are on this list).
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The context for this link is this: a guy on Reddit shared how he searches for people with his same name on Facebook, then changes his own profile picture to an imitation of theirs. Apparently the most typical response is confused fright and a quick changing of the original picture(!)
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Shameless plug: I just watched Star Wars for the first time and wrote about it (and did a podcast!). The link goes to the final article, but there are links to each piece of series at the very start. Now I can finally get all of the references … "It's a trap!"
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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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