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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

SEPTEMBER 28, 1998: 

At 38,000, the New York City Police Department is larger than the United States Coast Guard, which has 36,731.

Smell is the sense most closely related to memory. As a footnote, most people who experience some sort of ESP say they can tell when it's about to happen because they smell citrus fruit.

Professional wrestling is fake. And according to some sources, roller derby could be making a comeback soon.

A team from the Savannah River Technology Center in South Carolina is working with bacteria that glow in the dark while feeding on the fumes from explosives. These bacteria soon could be used to help to clear landmines.

The platypus has a poisonous bite.

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 at mrpants@auschron.com.

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