Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Einstein, beer, and those prickly French

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts said that on "Street Fighting Man" he played a 1930 toy drum kit that folded up into a little suitcase. He still has it.

It takes 3,501 beer cans to fill a pallet.

Barbed wire is an invention of the French, although it was first patented in the U.S.

Actor Albert Brooks' real name is Albert Einstein.

Commercials featuring "Ah, the Power of Cheese," "The Incredible, Edible Egg," "Cotton, the Fabric of Our Lives," "Got Milk?," and "Pork: The Other White Meat" are paid for by U.S. farmers whether they like them or not. Money is collected like a tax, given to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and then to a board representing producers in the respective sectors.

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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