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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, Fri., Sept. 14, 2012

According to Oxford University Press, shine can be a transitive verb (shine, shined, shined) or an intransitive verb (shine, shone, shone).

Toilet paper used to be advertised as "splinter free."

The Tampa-St. Petersburg area has the highest rate of homelessness in the U.S., according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. There are 57 homeless for every 10,000 residents (about 16,000 total) and one in five of them are children.

According to writer Andrew Sullivan, the average commute is about a half-hour in most of the U.S. and Europe.

George Harrison joined the Beatles (then called "The Quarry­men") on Feb. 6, 1958. He was 14 years old. Two years later, for a brief time during the band's Scottish tour, he changed his name to Carl, in honor of his idol, Carl Perkins.

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