Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Tom Hanks collects old typewriters.

The ampersand was invented by Marcus Tullius Tiro, a slave of Cicero, circa 63BC.

In a 2008 study, teen scientists Kate Stoeckle and Louisa Strauss of the Trinity School in New York found that at sushi restaurants a quarter of the fish with identifiable DNA was mislabeled. For example, a piece of sushi sold as white tuna turned out to be Mozambique tilapia, a much cheaper fish.

According to the Government Accountability Office, about two-thirds of foreign-controlled­ domestic corporations and U.S.-controlled corporations reported no federal tax liability from 1998 to 2005.

The third brake light that started appearing on cars in the 1980s is called the chimsil.

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