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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, May 2, 2003, Columns

Texas Western (now known as UTEP) is the only Texas men's basketball team to win a National Championship.

There's a plant in Carthage, Missouri, that processes turkey guts into high grade oil, natural gas, minerals, and water. The system, developed by Changing World Technologies, uses thermal depolymerization and apparently works on almost any and every kind of organic waste.

Lord Stanley of Preston (after which the Stanley Cup was named) didn't really care for ice hockey until his sons Arthur and Algy persuaded him to endorse it.

Portions of the infamous film Debbie Does Dallas were filmed in a classroom at the Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, New York.

Iraqi mathematician Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khawarizmi (AD680-750) discovered algebraic equations and some credit him with the invention of zero. His Kitab hisab al'adad al-hindi was an arithmetic textbook, which introduced Hindu numbers to the Arab world, now generally known as Arabic numbers.

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