Off topic: Museum of Ice Cream’s sprinkles, toll-free numbers, ‘tea’ history, long-lasting cars

The Museum of Ice Cream: It’s all fun and games and Instagrammable moments until the fake sprinkles are deemed an environmental hazard. A history of toll-free numbers, and why they start with 800. Some “eteamology”: How the two ways to say “tea” spread from China to the rest of the world. And guess which brand dominates a list of cars that people keep for 15 years.

Photo: Michelle “Choco Taco Shell” (no last name given) photographs Brittney Monroe as she splashes sprinkles in the air at the Sprinkle Pool at the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco on Sept. 14, 2017. In Miami Beach, those fake, plastic sprinkles have been deemed an environmental hazard. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group)


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