Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The word ‘banzai’ means ‘10,000 years,’ literally; Jessica Simpson wears socks for good luck; and more

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
English is the official language of Pakistan, where almost everyone speaks Urdu and many don't speak English.

In 2006, on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, Ed Martin Sr. of Cooper Landing found more than a thousand four-leaf clovers in a single day.

The literal translation of "banzai" is "10,000 years."

In 1966, Chas Chandler invited Mitch Mitchell to audition as drummer for Jimi Hendrix. By the toss of a coin flip, Mitchell beat out Aynsley Dunbar (Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention) to be Hendrix's new percussionist.

Jessica Simpson has a lucky pair of penguin socks. She also has people draw on her socks, and she saves them and wears them for good luck.

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