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Presidential Trivia for Presidents' Day

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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What If Earth Rotated in the Other Direction?
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Reversing Earth’s Spin Moves Deserts, Reshapes Ocean Currents. Everything would be different if our planet rotated in the other direction.

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NFL Player Wade Davis Talks Masculinity and Pro Sports. "We must create the conditions for all individuals to feel comfortable taking the risk to be themselves."

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This Old Soviet Airport Car Was Probably The Biggest Sedan In The World. It was equipped for two drivers, one to go forward and the other in reverse.

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The Race to Save the World's Disappearing Languages. In the last 60 years, 230 human languages went extinct.

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The Netflix documentary Mercury 13 tells of the women who passed NASA's astronaut screening in 1961. Only their gender kept them earthbound and out of history books.

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The Desert Architecture School Where Students Build Their Own Sleeping Quarters. The School of Architecture at Taliesin (SOAT) takes experimental living spaces seriously.

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I Gave Birth and I Didn't Even Get a Good Story Out of it. A normal birth is miraculous and transformative, but it's too common for anyone outside the family to listen to.

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10 Ridiculously Precise Units of Measurement. They make sense once you know the stories behind them.

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How a Country Bumpkin Turned Into the King of Hollywood
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How a Country Bumpkin Turned Into the King of Hollywood. The kid from Ohio with big ears and bad teeth eventually became Clark Gable.

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The Kilopower Project Could Power a Mars Colony and Deep Space Missions. It involves small, portable nuclear reactors fueled by uranium.

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The Top 15 Game Of Thrones Episodes to Watch and Rewatch. Fans still have a lot of time to fill before the final season begins.

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Turns Out They Invented That 'How You Think You Look Vs. How You Really Look' Meme Back in 1921. It was the only joke on that page that deserved to survive.

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The Planet That Took Us Beyond the Solar System. Pegasus, the first exoplanet, was discovered 23 years ago.

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It’s Not Your Imagination: Allergy Season Gets Worse Every Year. The changing climate is producing more pollen, and more people are allergic to it.

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Baby Pangolins Always Look Like They’re Waiting To Nervously Ask You To Prom. They're adorable, so you'd have to say yes.

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The Surprising Link Between the Deaths of Three 19th Century Presidents: James K. Polk, William Henry Harrison, and Zachary Taylor may have died from living in the District of Columbia.

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