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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

JUNE 21, 1999: 

Elvis Presley could recite numerous Monty Python sketches from memory.


The people in Yenshui, Taiwan, think that being hit by multiple bottle rockets will bring them good luck. The more hits, the better, according to a tradition dating back more than 100 years.


Women blink nearly twice as much as men.


President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law on July 30, 1965. The first cards were given to former President Harry Truman and his wife.
The cost for the first premium was $3 and the deductible $40; by 1995 the premium was $46 and the deductible $716.


Odessa College has an exact replica of London's Globe Theatre.



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 overhead at a party. Got facts? E-mail Mr. Smarty Pants at mrpants@auschron.com.


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