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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, September 29, 2006, Columns

LBJ loved Fresca so much, he had a button installed in the Oval Office that he could press to summon an aide to get more.

People who get only six to seven hours of sleep a night have a lower death rate than those who get eight hours.

What do Madonna, Yoko Ono, Jennifer Lopez, Humphrey Bogart, Ringo Starr, Ewan McGregor, Sting, Bono, Al Pacino, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have in common? Avid chess players.

Over a lifetime, the average person spends more than six years dreaming.

The first recorded evidence of marriage ceremonies uniting one woman and one man dates from about 2350BC, in Mesopotamia. For thousands of years before that, most anthropologists believe families consisted of loosely organized groups of as many as 30 people, with several male leaders, multiple women shared by them, and children.

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