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By Mr. Smarty Pants, Fri., Sept. 7, 2012

After his retirement, Johnny Carson taught himself Swahili.

In the past, manual-transmission cars got better mileage, but not anymore. Thanks to computers, today's automatics get the same or better fuel economy.

According to a 2007 UCLA study, American families spend about 52 minutes preparing their dinner every night. It didn't matter if they used processed foods or whole ingredients – dinner didn't get on the table any faster in homes that favored convenience foods.

Most hyacinth macaws like to eat macadamia nuts.

Houston-area artist Natalie Irish has created an unusual portrait of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. The image was created by Irish kissing the canvas; her medium: lipstick.

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