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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, January 10, 2014, Columns

Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus' godmother.

The bigger the holes in Swiss cheese, the older and more flavorful the cheese.

Daisuke Inoue invented karaoke. An unemployed musician, he was approached by a company president in 1969 to record songs played on a keyboard so the man could sing songs with business clients. Karaoke machines hit the market in 1971.

Although most birds don't have penises, the phalluses of Argentine lake ducks are over 16 inches long.

The word "keel" comes from Old English ceol, Old Norse kjóll, meaning "ship" or "keel." Some scholars think it was the first word in the English language recorded in writing, having been used by Gildas in his 6th century Latin work De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae, under the spelling "cyulae."

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