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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

APRIL 20, 1998: 

When the Italian liner Andrea Doria sank, it was carrying a Chrysler concept car called the Norseman.

Earlier this year, a European Commission report, "Assessing the Technologies of Political Control," claimed that within Europe, all e-mail, telephone, and fax communications are routinely intercepted by the United States National Security Agency.

A 10-minute phone call from London to Rome at peak time costs $4.60.

According to Dan Barker, author of Losing Faith in Faith, the reference to "virgin" as in "Virgin Mary" is due to a mistranslation by the Greek translator of the Book of Matthew; the actual Hebrew word used meant "young woman" or "maiden."

A horse's hooves should be trimmed or shoed every 6 to 8 weeks.

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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