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Contest: Reduce idiocy, one fact at a time!

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Oh, what troubled times we live in: our public officials can't pronounce "nuclear" and don't know what the Internet is, our youths confuse their senators with members of Bon Jovi, our celebrities are... well... you get the point. So this week, and from now on, we're making it our mission to reduce idiocy -- and we need your help!

To win this week's prize (a fabulous tool for cutting down on ignorance if ever there was one), send us the most egregious example of idiocy you've heard lately -- the biggest, dumbest mistake someone's made, and the correct thing they should have said. We'll use the tips in our brand-new national campaign to (yep) Reduce Idiocy, with the best of them featured daily right here. You can leave your entries in the comments, shoot us an email at tips-at-mentalfloss.com, or send 'em here -- and be sure to check out the Reduce Idiocy website, where you can nominate an Idiot of the Week, send an e-card, and revel in a steady stream of stupidity. This is a two-week contest, so if you don't win this first round, don't despair and keep trying!

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

Cover art for Laura Kumin's forthcoming cookbook
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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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