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By Mr. Smarty Pants

FEBRUARY 21, 2000: 

Brown lung, asbestosis, and black lung disease are incurable.

The name "Tampa" is a Native American term meaning "sticks of fire."

Several people who were intended to be on the cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album never made it, including Elvis, Hitler, and Jesus. Two people who were included were later removed by retouching: Leo Gorcey because he requested a fee, and Gandhi, because EMI felt his inclusion might offend record buyers in India.

According to one political consultant, the average presidential campaign committee shuts down within five years of the election. John Glenn's 1984 presidential campaign, however, still $2.6 million in debt, still exists.

French fries were introduced to the U.S. by Thomas Jefferson, who served them in the White House.

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