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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, November 29, 1996, Columns

In 1940, Spanish dictator Francisco Franco issued a law that prohibited women from bullfighting. The ban was lifted in 1974.

In gold rush days, Charlotte Darkey "Charley" Parkhurst was known as one of the best stagecoach drivers in California. She once got an eye kicked by a horse, hence the nickname, one-eyed Charley or cockeyed Charley.

Some claim the hormone DHEA (dehydroepaidrosterone) burns calories, slows down aging, and fights cancer and other diseases.

The late Fred Feldman, helicopter reporter for WOR-AM Radio in New York, is credited with coining the term "rubbernecking delays" to explain why commuters might expect to be late for work.

"Born Free" author Joy Adamson was killed and partially eaten by a lion in Kenya in January 1980.

The above is information which Mr. Smarty Pants read in a book, a magazine, or the newspaper;heard on the radio; saw on television; or overheard at a party. Got any facts? Leave a message for Mr. Smarty Pants, at 454-5766, ext. 226 for possible inclusion in the column. E-mail:

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