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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

DECEMBER 14, 1998: 

Banging your head against the wall burns 50 calories an hour.

The term "blurb" was created in 1907 by the humorist G. Burgess, who made fun of the ridiculous texts on book jackets by creating one with an even more ridiculous text about Miss Belinda Blurb.

In England, the dandelion has been declared an endangered wildflower.

According to one photo expert, the best way to photographically capture the glow from Christmas trees and Chanukah candles is to turn off the strobe. You will have to use fast film or expose the film longer, however.

Chickens can fly for as long as 13 seconds.

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? Email Mr. Smarty Pants at mrpants@auschron.com.

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