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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

OCTOBER 27, 1997:  The self-winding watch was invented in 1923.

At the Battle of Bull Run, confusion prevailed in some areas due to the fact that many Southern units were dressed in blue, while some Northern units were wearing grey.

James Joyce liked the number 13. So did Mrs. Winchester, of Winchester rifle fame.

To own a new Ferrari F-50 you must already own two other Ferraris, agree to never sell the car, and be well-known by a Ferrari "officer."

The Gay Pride rainbow flag once featured two extra colors no longer present -- pink and turquoise.

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 (512) 454-5766, ext. 226 for possible inclusion in the column. E-mail: mrpants@auschron.com

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