Today we're re-excerpting from Cormac O'Brien's terrific piece in mental_floss.
The First to Walk Like a Crab: Julia Dent Grant (first lady, 1869"“1877)
Julia Dent Grant was cross-eyed her entire life. While that never stopped her from being a tomboy in her youth, or—remarkably—from developing into an accomplished equestrienne, it did lead to some embarrassing White House moments. At the galas she was fond of throwing, Julia had a habit of standing in the corner to avoid bumping into... READ ON
We're tired of loving camels for their minds. Isn't it time we started appreciating their bodies?
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Back when we were in pre-school there were only 4-5 sensible options for the career minded 4-year old: doctor, plumber, fireman and astronaut. Clearly, had we heard about "sin-eating", "knocking up" or any of these other fine options, we would have eaten more paste, and focused a little less on our permanent records.
by Laurel Mills
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It happens to everyone. One minute you're exchanging pleasantries with a perfect stranger; the next minute they're up in your face talking trash about Connecticut. Well, you don't have to take it anymore. History buff, and friend of the Floss, Streeter Seidell expands on why Connecticut might just be the most ingenious state in the... READ ON
By Christa Weil
When making soup requires scaling a cliff, and grabbing a few olives involves avoiding gunfire, it's time to find some comfort food that's a little more comfortable.
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A polar bear can smell a seal that's 20 miles away.