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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

SEPTEMBER 21, 1998: 

The King of Greece in 1920 died from an infected monkey bite.

Sept. 23, 1998 will mark the 10th anniversary of the "Mr. Smarty Pants Knows" column. Thanks to all you readers and honorary Smarty Pants out there who have sent in factoids -- it's been a great trip.

Alexander Graham Bell first proposed the photophone, which permitted sending voices with light.

James Doohan, who played Montgomery Scott in Star Trek, lost the middle finger on his right hand while leading his men ashore on D-Day. The only episode where this is noticeable is "The Trouble With Tribbles," where Scotty lugs in an armful of the furry creatures.

Rattlesnakes make an "s" pattern right before they're going to strike.

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

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