Mister Smarty Pants Knows
On Jan. 5, 1979, jazz great Charles Mingus died in Cuernavaca, Mexico, at the age of 56. That same day, 56 whales beached themselves on the Mexican coast.
F.D.R. thought up the name for the United Nations while he was in the shower.
According to economist Arthur P. Hall, the annual cost of complying with the U.S. income tax and the IRS is $225 billion -- the equivalent to destroying every vehicle produced by Ford, plus more than a third of Chrysler.
The best-selling toy of all time is the rubber ball.
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