Mister Smarty Pants Knows
The phrase "gung ho" started off as "kung ho," which was an abbreviation for a Communist organization, the Chinese Industrial Cooperative Society.
In 1963, IBM employee Arthur Samuel became the first person to teach a computer to play checkers.
Flesh-eating bacteria can devour a person's skin at the rate of one inch an hour.
The story of the landing at Plymouth Rock originated in the early 1800s with the reminiscences of a 90-year-old grandson of a Pilgrim who arrived five years after the Mayflower.
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.
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