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American Spirits: Mike Rowe Pours a Shot of Alcoholic Economic History

In "How Booze Built America," Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs" mixes little-known history with economic analysis, puns and many tasty beverages to explain how the American story is really the tale of one nation's love affair with alcohol. Here are a few of Rowe's favorite high points.

Leap Day Money: 6 Fun Financial Facts From Feb. 29

Leap Day is essentially an astronomical cheat used to keep the Gregorian calendar synced up with the Earth's orbit. Yet while it's only a quarter as common as the other days of the year, it has had its fair share of financially significant events.