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Andrew Jackson's Presidential Party

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By Risë Ruhl

Andrew Jackson knew how to throw a party. His inaugural bash left the symbol of the White House a wreck. There were drunken revelers in the lobby and boozers romping through the bedrooms.
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Running out of prime real estate, State of Virginia plans to sell air.
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Did you ever want to know what's behind those "One Weird Trick" ads that are always showing up on Facebook?
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Occasionally, I'll run across an article that sounds familiar—and then it links me back to Mental Floss! Here's one example. And here's another.
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This man got into a car accident on top of an ant hill, and was promptly attacked by the insects. Thankfully, he survived.
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Mix ink, water, and oil and watch all your wildest childhood science fair fantasies come to life.
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Do not try to rob this woman!
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Public art and more public art and controversial public art.
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Here's a collection of odd black and white photographs. Apologies if the gif on the first page gives you nightmares.
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My mom was old school when it came to medical treatment. Fortunately for me, she didn't necessarily believe in all of these old-timey medicines.

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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

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10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

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An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

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Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

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Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

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The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

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10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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