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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

AUGUST 16, 1999: 

According to one source, a jiffy is 3.3395 x 10-11 seconds.


In the 1992 Los Angeles Times Index, the entry immediately after "marijuana" is "Marin, Cheech" (half the duo of "Cheech and Chong").


Seattle is spending millions of dollars to install bigger ferry seats. People's butts aren't fitting like they used to.


The sun, which "never set on the British Empire," was eclipsed by the moon at 1:30pm one day during the battle of Isandhlwana, in January 1879. The British suffered their worst colonial-era defeat beneath the spears of the Zulus.


Hemingway wrote standing up.


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 facts? E-mail Mr. Smarty Pants at mrpants@auschron.com.


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