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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

JUNE 1, 1998: 

One old Jewish superstitition is to rename someone who is sick and near death. This will confuse the Angel of Death.

World War II airmen used the Flying Fortress to make ice cream by placing a prepared ice cream mixture in a large can and anchoring it to the rear gunner's compartment. The mixture would get nicely shaken up and frozen while being flown over enemy territory at high altitudes.

Sasquatch is listed as an endangered species in King County, Washington.

Researchers at Duke University in North Carolina believe that pregnant women may be able to boost the memories of their unborn children by increasing their intake of an amino acid called choline.

According to the Brethren, a Christian cult, Diane Sawyer looks like a Jezebel.

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 Mr. Smarty Pants at mrpants@auschron.com for possible inclusion in the column.

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