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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

JANUARY 12, 1998: 

The 1915 Reeve's Octo Auto featured eight wheels instead of four. It didn't sell very well.

The frog, Epipedobates tri-color, exudes epibatidine, a chemical with analgesic qualities that are 200 times as powerful as morphine.

Some say that dreams about falling come from the fact that our ancestors may have lived in trees. One added theory: The reason you never dream of hitting the ground is because your ancestors who did must have died and didn't pass on the experience.

The little plastic things on the ends of your shoelaces are called "auglets."

The above is information which Mr. Smarty Pants read in a book, a magazine, or the newspaper; heard on the radio; saw on television; or overheard at a party. Got any facts? E-mail: mrpants@auschron.com

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