Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The faith behind Nietzsche's mustache, the most expensive year for oil, the dirty truth about air driers, and more

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
1864 was in fact the most expensive year for oil. It was more than $104 a barrel in today's money.

Worldwide mobile-telephone subscriptions have reached 3.3 billion, equivalent to half the global population.

The one firm faith of Friedrich Nietzsche's life was his belief in his Polish origin. He cultivated what he conceived to be a Polish facade, wearing an enormous and bristling mustache. He wrote a book, which was privately printed, to prove that the true form of his name was Nietzschy and that it was Polish and noble.

"Angel of the Morning" was written by Jon Voight's brother James Wesley Voight, who uses the stage name Chip Taylor.

A 1998 study by Britain's University of Westminster showed paper towels remove 58% of the bacteria from people's hands. Air dryers increase the numbers of all sorts of bacteria by 255%.

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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