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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

JUNE 8, 1998: 

Lake Baykal in Siberia is the world's largest lake - bigger than all five of the Great Lakes combined, according to Bill Nye (Science Guy).

By her own admittance, Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine on Star Trek Voyager) has given up some of her own privacy. Due to her makeup and costume, every time she goes to the bathroom, it is announced over the set's PA system and production is stopped for 30 minutes.

The only endangered species in Argentina that can catch leprosy is the Pink Fairy Armadillo.

Japanese gangsters known as "yakuza" sometimes cut off their little fingers to present to their superiors as an act of apology for a minor failure.

Termites can change their sex if they need a new queen for their colony.

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? Write to Mr. Smarty Pants via e-mail at mrpants@auschron.com

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