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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, April 30, 2004, Columns

Some say the nickname for those new-fangled spinning hubcaps is "alonzos."

The sixth Dalai Lama of Tibet (1683-1706) gave back his monastic vows and pursued poetry and promiscuous romantic relationships. It was considered an honor to have him visit one's daughter for a night.

Based on Marilyn Monroe's measurements of 36-24-37, she was estimated to wear a size 12, which is equivalent to today's size 8.

In 1943, Benito Mussolini was deposed and imprisoned in a hidden location not known to the Nazis. Hitler desperately wanted to rescue and reinstate him. Two astrologers pinpointed the location to the island of Ponza, which is where the Nazis found and rescued him.

Humans and primates are the only two mammals that have to be taught how to swim.

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