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Presidents and Their Cars

Jason Torchinsky of Jalopink wrote ten statements about American Presidents and automobiles. Only five of them are true. Can you figure out which ones? Check out the answers at the link: 1. The first President to serve at a time when there was an American-built automobile was Thomas Jefferson. 2. The first car a President ever rode [...]

The Soviet Union Was Dissolved 20 Years Ago Today

Girl standing atop Soviet tank in Red Square during the Communist hard liners’ coup attempt in August 1991. © David Turnley/CORBIS Twenty years ago today, on December 8, 1991, a group of Soviet leaders got together in a house in snowy Belarus to declare the end of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The resulting treaty, [...]

10 Previous Word of the Year Candidates That Didn’t Catch On

Last week Oxford Dictionaries named “squeezed middle” the Global Word of the Year,* edging out terms like “clicktivism,” “fracking” and “tiger mother.” A quick look through past lists like these tells us Words of the Year don’t always stand the test of time. Here are ten examples. 1. Bushlips Anyone who remembers George H. W. Bush’s [...]

The Bush Family Posing on an Elephant in 1964

<p><img src=”http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/bush-family-on-an-elephant.jpg” alt=”" title=”bush-family-on-an-elephant” width=”570″ height=”489″ class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-93674″/></p> <p>OK, it’s a statue. But it fooled me long enough to start searching for other pictures of future presidents posing with extra large animals. Unless someone has a good pic of young Grover Cleveland with a rhinoceros, I guess I’ll shelve the idea.</p> <p>Here’s the caption from the [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Surprising Celebrity Dolls

It’s not hard to find a celebrity doll these days – every Disney starlet seems to have one, as well as every pop star and even a few models (Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum both have one). Not all of them are quite as predictable, though – here are 10 dolls you probably didn’t see [...]

A Brief History of the State of the Union

President Obama is slated to let Congress (and the rest of us) know how the country’s doing in his first State of the Union address on Wednesday night. Here are the answers to a few questions that might come up when the address storms every channel of your television. Why does the President give a State [...]

Group Activity! Presidential Library Scavenger Hunt

I was poking around the Reagan Library’s online archives (just for kicks) when I found this photo, captioned “Princess Diana dancing with John Travolta in the entrance hall at the White House. 11/9/85.” You can see the President and First Lady in the background. I found this image roughly 33 seconds into my visit, which [...]