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By R.U. Steinberg

FEBRUARY 23, 1998:  Alexander Graham Bell may have said "Ahoy" instead of "Hello" when answering the phone.

It takes 800 square miles of forest just to keep McDonald's supplied with paper for one year, according to a chemist testifying against McDonald's in a McLibel case.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis was a chain smoker.

If an older African-American woman in the South were to say "my boyfriend came yesterday," she might be referring to her welfare check arriving in the mail.

The "save" icon on Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on backwards.

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? Leave a message for Mr. Smarty Pants for possible inclusion in the column. E-mail: mrpants@auschron.com

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