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L.A.'s car population, 'so help me God,' and more

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Worcestershire sauce is also known as gip-jap (Cantonese), luh jiangyou (Shanghai), and usuta sosu (Japanese).

With roughly 11 million registered cars, Los Angeles has more vehicles per capita than any other city.

The notion that "so help me God" was added to the presidential oath by George Washington is a myth, according to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Not until 1881 can the first use of "so help me God" as an addition to the presidential oath be traced. The phrase was apparently used only intermittently until 1933.

According to one historian, Jan. 24, 1935, was the day the first canned beers hit the shelves. Krueger's Finest Beer and Cream Ale were put on sale in Richmond, Va., that day. Pabst seems to have started its canning later the same year.

Beethoven learned to add and subtract but never learned to multiply.

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