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Sumo wrestlers, didgeridoo, and more

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Sumo wrestlers don't eat breakfast. Depriving their bodies of food after eight hours of sleep keeps their metabolic rates low.

A study at the University of Zurich found that playing the didgeridoo is an effective treatment for sleep apnea.

Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) was the first music conductor. His baton was a 6-foot staff, and he pounded it to the ground to keep music. Unfortunately, he missed once and hit his foot instead, developed gangrene, and died.

American carousels turn counterclockwise because most people are right-handed and grab the brass ring with their right hands. European carousels turn clockwise because for proper equestrians to mount horses, they need to do so from the other side.

When the rainy season starts, sloth fur turns green. A special algae begins to grow in the crevices of their hair.

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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