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By Mr. Smarty Pants, Fri., July 4, 2014

Using data from the 1999 American Control Conference, we can estimate that the energy required to press a key is around 1.5 millijoules for a letter, and 2.5 for a big key like the enter key or space bar. That's enough energy to lift a squirrel 300 microns – all the way from the ground to the top of a stack of four sheets of paper.

Anatidaephobia is fear that you are being watched by a duck.

Orlando Cepeda believed each bat had only one hit in it. He always changed bats after getting a hit (2,351 career hits from 1958-74).

Be careful when nodding to mean "yes" and shaking your head to mean "no" in Bulgaria: Bulgarians do it the opposite way!

Qu Yuan is a highly respected poet born about 340 BC, whose poems got him in trouble with the government. He ended his life by jumping in a river. Each year on the fifth day of the fifth month according to Chinese lunar calendar, the Chinese throw balls of sticky rice into the Miluo River to keep the fish from eating Qu Yuan's body.

The above is information that Mr. Smarty Pants read in a book, magazine, or newspaper; heard on the radio; saw on television; or overheard at a party. Got facts? Write to Mr. Smarty Pants. Why not visit mrsmartypants.com?

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