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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

NOVEMBER 17, 1997:

The late John Denver (aka John Deutschendorf) once considered using "Aspen" as his stage name.

A research team at the Pasteur Hospital in Nice, France recently found that people suffering from blood clots are three times as likely to have recently been on a flight or coach trip lasting more than four hours.

Guinea pigs are a delicacy in Peru.

Despite popular myth, Marco Polo did not introduce noodles from China to Italy. The Arabs introduced noodles to both Asia and Europe hundreds of years earlier.

Dr. J. Bostock coined the term "hayfever."

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 E-mail: mrpants@auschron.com for possible inclusion in the column.

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