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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, May 28, 2004, Columns

There are now more than 300 recognized species of dog, ranging from the very small Japanese Chin to the monster St. Bernard.

Ununpentium (element 115) and Ununtrium (element 113) are the latest elements to have been discovered.

A new Amnesty International report says China, Iran, the USA, and Vietnam accounted for 84% of the 1,146 known executions carried out in 2003. Since Canada abolished the death penalty for murder (1975), the homicide rate there has fallen 40%.

In a presidential race, Thomas Jefferson's opponents characterized him as an atheist, and he was attacked by clergy in sermons. Jefferson responded by saying that the clergy "believe rightly for I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

The radio program Amos 'n' Andy was originally named Sam 'n' Henry.

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