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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, November 20, 1998, Columns

Flamingoes roamed the earth 47 million years before man did.

Lee Harvey Oswald's only completely provable crimes of Nov. 22, 1963 were that he didn't pay to get into the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff, and that he assaulted a police officer in the theatre.

World War I flying ace the Red Baron was shot down wearing pajamas (under his flight suit).

Mark Maples was the first Disneyland fatality. In May 1964, Maples took off his protective harness and attempted to stand on a Matterhorn bobsled. He lost his balance and was thrown to the track below, fracturing his skull and causing internal injuries. He died three days later.

Whenever Herbert Hoover and his wife wished to have a private conversation in a public place, they spoke Mandarin Chinese.

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