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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, May 2, 2014, Columns

In 1892, the highest bridge in North America was over the Pecos River. It was a shortcut for trains.

The word "dude" was first used in the 1800s as a term of mockery for young men who were overly concerned with keeping up with the latest fashions. It later came to stand for clueless city folk (who go to dude ranches).

According to a recent report from the Mexican Automobile Industry Association, Mexico exports more cars to the U.S. than Japan does.

Actor Glenn Ford appeared in at least one episode of Hollywood Squares.

While Charles Lindbergh flew the Spirit of St. Louis east across the Atlantic in 1927, Dieudonné Costes and navigator Maurice Bellonte tried to fly from Paris to New York two years later in the Point d'Interrogation (Question Mark). They returned after 17 hours due to bad weather.

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