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By R.U. Steinberg

DECEMBER 1, 1997:  According to some Chinese folk medicine, snake semen liquor is good for a person with a weak body.

By 2000, forest-based recreation is expected to pump $100 billion into the U.S. economy, compared to $3.5 billion from timber sales.

One of actress Elizabeth Hurley's favorite desserts is "spotted dick" -- a mixture of beef suet, flour, sugar, and mixed fruits.

According to a footnote in the Fall 1997 Austin Lawyer, the Bible mentions tort reform and defense lawyers. See Isaiah 10:1-3.

Eleventh-century crusaders measured weight in "stones," which were about 20 pounds. The average suit of armor weighed two stones.

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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