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Mister Smarty Pants Knows...

By Mr. Smarty Pants, December 13, 1996, Columns

There are about 80,000 scenic flights over the Grand Canyon a year, nearly three times the number in 1987.

A moderately noisy workplace, say 70 decibels, can cause an increase in fatigue. One possible explanation is that noise forces your brain to consume glucose so less is available for other purposes like staying awake.

The name of the walking binoculars in Toy Story is Strobe-n-Scope Lenny.

A lethal toxin produced by the puffer fish -- an expensive delicacy in Japan -- may help to prevent death from prostate cancer. Strangely enough, Japan has one of the lowest rates of prostate cancer in the world.

According to a recent study, cross-country travel costs baseball teams about 1.25 runs per game, enough to lose a close pennant race.


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: mrpants@auschron.com

Copyright © 2019 Austin Chronicle Corporation. All rights reserved.

The Austin Chronicle

https://www.austinchronicle.com/columns/1996-12-13/525768/

Mister Smarty Pants Knows...

By Mr. Smarty Pants, December 13, 1996, Columns

There are about 80,000 scenic flights over the Grand Canyon a year, nearly three times the number in 1987.

A moderately noisy workplace, say 70 decibels, can cause an increase in fatigue. One possible explanation is that noise forces your brain to consume glucose so less is available for other purposes like staying awake.

The name of the walking binoculars in Toy Story is Strobe-n-Scope Lenny.

A lethal toxin produced by the puffer fish -- an expensive delicacy in Japan -- may help to prevent death from prostate cancer. Strangely enough, Japan has one of the lowest rates of prostate cancer in the world.

According to a recent study, cross-country travel costs baseball teams about 1.25 runs per game, enough to lose a close pennant race.


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: mrpants@auschron.com

Copyright © 2019 Austin Chronicle Corporation. All rights reserved.

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