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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

JUNE 29, 1998: 

It is legal to drive a tank on the highway in Great Britain.

Feleti Mahoni (Tonga), Rod Snow, Scott Stewart, and Gareth Rees (Canada) and James Dalton and Pieter Hendricks (South Africa) all received suspensions from playing in the 1995 World Cup due to foul play.

TV's Baretta had a pet cockatoo named Fred.

The phrase "to tip a waiter" came from the fact that, in Old English inns, wooden boxes were left near the door with "To Insure Promptness" written on them, the latter abbreviated to simply "T.I.P."

People who are colorblind are used in photo intelligence to look for hidden objects.

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? email Mr. Smarty Pants in care of the Chronicle at mrpants@auschron.com

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