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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

OCTOBER 20, 1997:  The third most commonly spoken language in Texas is Czech.

John Richard Brinkley transplanted over 16,000 goat testicles into impotent men in the 1920s and '30s. His antics later led to laws concerning false advertising over the airwaves. He ran for governor of Kansas, but lost because his name was misspelled on ballots.

The exclamation "duh!" came from the 1960s expression "duh George!"

Fifty-three percent of Americans prefer ATM machines over tellers, read horoscopes regularly, and would take advice from Ann Landers.

Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, and Bill Clinton have at least one thing in common -- napping.

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? Leave a message for Mr. Smarty Pants, at 454-5766, ext. 226 for possible inclusion in the column. E-mail: mrpants@auschron.com

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