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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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Volcanic Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice
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Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

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In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

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A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail.

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How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

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This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

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How Scientists are Revolutionizing Beer. Small batches of craft beer enable brewers to experiment and innovate.

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Welcome to One of the World's Last Matriarchal Societies. Kihnu, an island off the coast of Estonia, is struggling to preserve its culture.

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Why Denmark is the World's Happiest Country
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5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

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Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

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What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

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My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

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Elon Musk Releases an Explosive Mega-Collection of His Greatest Rocket Failures. Still, risking failure is the only path to technological breakthrough.

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Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

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Early Time Travel? Why Britain Lost 11 Days in 1752.

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