32 Ways School Was Different in America 100 Years Ago

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Mental Floss via YouTube

Your social media feeds may be full of the faces of crestfallen kids posing for their obligatory back-to-school photos, but what has become an annual rite of passage was a rarity a century ago. In 1900, only 51 percent of kids aged 5 to 19 were enrolled in school.

In the latest edition of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy is sharing dozens of ways school was different in America 100 years ago.

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26 Fascinating Facts About Fossils

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Mental Floss via YouTube

If you’ve never visited the Big Bone Room, you’re in luck. Check out our visit to New York City's American Museum of Natural History for a rundown on fossils, which provide invaluable insight into our understanding of history and its once-living occupants.

In this edition of "The List Show," editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy explains the ins and outs of excavation, fossil follies (extinct giants were a big miss), and the terrorizing prospect of a 3-foot-tall parrot.

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Debunking 18 Thanksgiving Myths

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Mental Floss via YouTube

Thanksgiving is here—and with it comes a need for conversation fodder for difficult relatives. What better way to spark debate than by debunking some common Turkey Day myths? Join Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy for a primer on fowl fallacies like presidential turkey pardons, tryptophan-induced naps, and the mysteries of canned pumpkin.

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