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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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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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Scientists Are Pushing For a Ban on Killer Robots
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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

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The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

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O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

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What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

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A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

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Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

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