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By Mr. Smarty Pants

JUNE 19, 2000: 

Eleven percent of families with children have one or more parents with a disability.


Pica is an eating disorder in which people compulsively eat non-food items such as clay, talcum powder, charcoal, and cigarette ash. Eating dirt, also known as geophagia, is described by many as an irresistible craving.


The Austin American-Statesman's e-mail system automatically trashes any e-mail that contains the word "joke" in the subject field.


One of the challenges of writing warning signs for nuclear waste is choosing a language. Consider how English has changed in the last few hundred years and that the half-life of some waste is thousands of years.


Jimi Hendrix's first musical instrument was a ukulele.


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