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By Mr. Smarty Pants

DECEMBER 7, 1999: 

The word "jockstrap" entered the English language in 1886.

Early in his career, Rod Stewart co-wrote and recorded two different songs with the same lyrics: "Plynth" on the Jeff Beck Group's 1969 album, Beck-Ola, and "Around the Plynth" on the Small Faces' 1970 album, First Step.

After his death, Vincent Van Gogh's mother used his completed paintings to patch holes in her chicken coop.

According to the Los Angeles Times, librarians in Los Angeles and other cities say that on some days up to 75% of the people using free Internet terminals are homeless.

The state of Arizona estimates its prison capacity needs based on the literacy rate.

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