Drunk Shakespeare: The Trendy Way to Stage the Bard’s Plays in the US & the UK

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You might be familiar with Drunk History, the web series turned Comedy Central show that reenacts the ramblings of inebriated hipsters trying to recount events like the Watergate scandal or the Burr-Hamilton duel.

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How Do They Get Caffeine Out of Coffee Beans?

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It’s one of those questions I’ve always wondered about. And maybe you have too. Just how do they extract caffeine from coffee beans? In the first episode of a new Mental Floss series, “Big Questions,” a guy named Craig, rocking a tight t shirt, gives us some answers.

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Foodie Alert: New York Public Library Presents an Archive of 17,000 Restaurant Menus (1851-2008)

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To be a New Yorker is to be a gourmand—of food carts, local diners, supermarkets, outer borough mercados, whatever latest upscale restaurant surfaces in a given season…. It is to be as likely to have a menu in hand as a newspaper, er… smartphone…, and it is to notice the design of said menus. Well, some of us have done that.

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The Right and Wrong Way to Eat Sushi: A Primer

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Vice.com’s food channel, Munchies, spent time with Naomichi Yasuda and learned the dos and don’ts of eating sushi. And they kindly summarized some practices that are permitted and verboten.

It’s okay to use your fingers to eat cut sushi rolls.
Don’t combine ginger and sushi, or ginger and soy sauce.

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Miles Davis’ “South Side Chicago Chili Mack” Recipe Revealed

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No one cooked on the trumpet like Miles Davis. And, as it turns out, he was also quite good in the kitchen (see? I spared you a pun). Tired of going out to restaurants, the foodie Davis decided to learn to make his favorite dishes.

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Klaus Nomi’s Ad for Jägermeister (Circa 1980)

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If the gender-defying German performer Klaus Nomi (above) was an acquired taste, so is Jägermeister, the hangover-defying (some say inducing) German 70-proof herbal liqueur.
Synergies aside, it’s still surprising that any company big enough to have shareholders would elect to have as bizarre a scenemaker as Nomi to endorse their product.

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An Ivory Coast Cocoa Farmer Gets His Very First Taste of Chocolate

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Here is how MetropolisTV, a global collective of young filmmakers and TV producers coming out of Holland, sets up their touching video:
Farmer N’Da Alphonse grows cocoa [in the Ivory Coast] and has never seen the finished product. “To be honest I do not know what they make of my beans,” says farmer N’Da Alphonse.

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What Goes Into Ramen Noodles, and What Happens When Ramen Noodles Go Into You

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Here in South Korea, where I’ve stayed for about a month, I’ve noticed people eating quite a lot of instant ramen noodles. And not just out of those pre-packaged cups you pour hot water into, which we all remember from our student days. They put the stuff in everything, especially the dishes you least expect.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Handwritten Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

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Another thing you can credit Thomas Jefferson with — being the first known American to record an ice cream recipe. It’s one of 10 surviving recipes written by the founding father.
According to Monticello.

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Ernest Hemingway’s Summer Camping Recipes

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With regard to writing, Ernest Hemingway was a man of simple tastes. Were I to employ a metaphor, I’d describe Hem as the kind of guy who’d prefer an unadorned plum from William Carlos Williams’ icebox to Makini Howell’s Pesto Plum Pizza with Balsamic Arugula.
Don’t mistake that metaphor for real life, however.

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