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New in Theaters This Week

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Welcome to Trailer Thursday, where we help you decide what to do with your Friday night (and when to stay home). Here’s what’s coming out tomorrow.

Fast & Furious 6

I haven't seen these movies since the first one and it would appear that the plot lines have gotten quite complicated, so I'm going to let IMDB tell you about this one: "Hobbs has Dom and Brian reassemble their crew in order to take down a mastermind who commands an organization of mercenary drivers across 12 countries. Payment? Full pardons for them all."

See it if:

• You think it's a good weekend for an action flick. It's not doing too bad on Rotten Tomatoes - 76 percent fresh. Also, does the Rock's contract state that he is legally required to be in all action movies now?

The Hangover Part III

The guys aren't doing a bachelor party this time, but they manage to get into trouble anyway. Are you surprised?

See it if:
• You want a movie different than the first two Hangovers. And maybe not in a good way. Richard Roeper says the film is "so different from the first two, I'm not even sure it's supposed to be a comedy."

• You thought the second movie really suffered from the lack of Heather Graham.

Before Midnight

The third installment of the Before Sunrise movies. Jesse and Celine aren't doing a brief walk around a big city this time, but they manage to be charming and in love anyway. Are you surprised?

See it if:
• You loved Before Sunrise and Before Sunset and have been waiting to see what happened with Jesse and Celine since 2004.

• You put a lot of stock into reviews. It's 98 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, people!

Epic

A teenage girl discovers a hidden world of miniature warriors who are fighting an epic battle against evil-doers called the Boggans.

See it if:
• You're a fan of the characters from the William Joyce book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. But just the characters - the plot has been quite retooled.

• I mean, Christoph Waltz. Come on. ALSO: Aziz Ansari, Judah Friedlander, Steven Tyler and Beyonce. If that's not an interesting cast, I don't know what is.

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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?

Have you got a Big Question you'd like us to answer? If so, let us know by emailing us at bigquestions@mentalfloss.com.

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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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