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The Quick 10: 10 Campaign Fashion Choices

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With campaign attire in the spotlight, what apparel choices are candidates and their spouses making? Whether they buy the with their own money or campaign funds, here are some of the fashion trends among the political elite.

palin-eyewear.jpg1. Kawasaki, the Japanese company that makes Sarah Palin's iconic eyeglasses, received as many orders in 10 days for the frame as it does in a year.

2. Minnesota's Pacificier baby boutique is also cashing in on the publicity about Trig Palin's romper.

3. Sarah Palin debuted as the VP candidate in an Italian designer Valentino top, but her beaded earrings were handmade in Alaska by her mother-in-law.

4. Palin likes Patagonia outerwear, but the brand was quick to distance itself from the VP candidate.

"Just wearing the clothing of an environmental company does not necessarily make someone an environmentalist," said Patagonia rep Jen Rapp.

5. Daughter Piper Palin carries a Louis Vuitton purse, but it's a fake.

6. John McCain sports Italian designer Ferragamo shoes. Meanwhile, Sarah Palin and Paris Hilton have the same taste in Naughty Monkey shoes.

cindy7. Cindy McCain favors U.S./Dominican Republic designer Oscar De La Renta, which she and Laura Bush both wore at the convention.

8. Barack Obama's preference for Hartmax suits was a boon to sales for the largest suit maker in the U.S.

9. Michelle Obama wore a blue dress by Chicago-native designer Maria Pinto to the convention, and an off-the rack Donna Ricco dress for her appearance on The View.

10. Joe Biden always wears a flag pin and his trademark grin.

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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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