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Presidential Trivia for Presidents' Day

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A Presidents' Day Round-up of Presidential Facts. You never know when you'll need these bits of trivia for an online quiz or a game show.
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Ken Jennings is America's Hardest-Working Know-It-All. The former mental_floss magazine contributor has parlayed his Jeopardy! fame into lasting celebrity.
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Two generations of adoptions in one family highlight the differences between eras. Either way, building a family is a labor of love.
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Scholastic books is giving a Harry Potter book a new cover. Fans responded with their own new covers, some of which are quite remarkable.
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Chimpanzee Memory Study Suggests Apes' Short-Term Recall Better Than Humans'. Or is it possible we just don't need to use ours as much as we once did?
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A Lithuanian composer built an orchestral work around Nora, the piano-playing cat. Listen to Nora and the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra performing "CATcerto."
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A Look at Hypocritical Characters in Literature. Just as in real life, there are plenty of them to go around.
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A week after Maker's Mark announced they would dilute the whiskey to 84 proof, the company has done an about-face. That's the power of two-way communication thanks to the internet.
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The weirdest injuries in baseball history. Getting hit with a bat or ball is expected, but how do you bite yourself in the butt?

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Game of Thrones Has Changed the Real World
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6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

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The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

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To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

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For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

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What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar terms carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

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Ben Stiller's Never-Ending Midlife Crisis. His new movie Brad's Status is the fourth that explores that theme.

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Sir Arthur and the Fairies. After a thorough but flawed investigation, the Sherlock Holmes author believed the Cottingley Fairies were real.

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Great Stephen King Stories
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16 Great Stephen King Stories to Read This Fall. In case you want to scare yourself silly alone in the dark.

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Cowabunga! Strange Cow Stories. Bossy has gotten herself into some weird places.

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How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe kept up a propaganda war from their home in the Channel Islands.

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Can You Survive on Potatoes Alone? Maybe, but there are drawbacks to potatoes as a life-sustaining food.

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Why Back-to-School Season Feels Like the New Year—Even for Adults. The majority of people spend more than half their lives tied to the school calendar.

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A Visual History of Lunchboxes. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the trivia.

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An Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skulls. The custom is a combination of memento mori and identification.

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A Brief History of United States Currency. Until the Civil War, money was printed privately by banks.

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