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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

MAY 11, 1998: 

Legend has it that Pope John VIII was an English woman; she has been nicknamed Pope Joan.

According to the 1997 CIA World Fact Book, the Ashmore and Cartier Islands, which are located northwest of Australia, occupy an area about about eight times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC.

The science fiction novel Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore describes the world being overrun by Bermuda grass.

A new device from Israel allows users such as restaurants and theatres to jam the airwaves to block mobile phone calls. Called C-Guard, the device is currently being tested by the Israeli army.

Styrofoam is spun oil.

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? Send a message for Mr. Smarty Pants for possible inclusion in the column via e-mail at mrpants@auschron.com

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