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Neil Young and model trains, beans and Cokes for the Beatles, and more

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Neil Young is a part owner of Lionel Trains and is a co-inventor of seven U.S. patents related to model trains.

Early in their career, the Beatles would be paid with a plate of beans and all the Cokes they could drink.

A python's heart can grow up to 40 times its original size after it eats a deer.

According toWireless Intelligence, it took about 20 years for the first billion mobile phones to sell worldwide. The second billion sold in four years, and the third billion sold in two. Eighty percent of the world's population now lives within range of a cellular network, which is double the level in 2000.

According to the FBI, in 2006 there were 17,000 murders and nonnegligent manslaughters in the United States. According to the Institute of Medicine, lack of health insurance causes roughly 18,000 unnecessary deaths every year.

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