Mr. Smarty Pants

More off-the-rack trivia in your cerebral boutique.

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
More than three in four Italian men older than the age of 30 live at home with their parents. This practice is dubbed "mamisma."

Ginkgo, called a "living fossil" by Charles Darwin, is the oldest living tree species on earth. Although extinct in the wild, it survives and flourishes in temple gardens in both China and Japan.

Even before his invasion of Russia, Napoleon complained of recurrent nightmares in which a huge bear tore him apart.

Statistically, more babies are born on Tuesday than any other day.

The inhabitants who lived in the Neolithic village of Skara Brae in Scotland had a tasty diet indeed. It included venison, meat and eggs from seabirds like the Great Auk, and seafood such as oysters, crabs, cockles, mussels, and giant cod.

The above is information that Mr. Smarty Pants read in a book, magazine, or newspaper; heard on the radio; saw on television; or overheard at a party. Got facts? Write to Mr. Smarty Pants. Why not visit

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