Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Hot dogs, (unrelated) gas flares, and other savory tidbits
Ten years ago, the record at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest was 25 hot dogs. Now it's 68, and competitor Joey Chestnut claims he ate 72 in a practice session.
The 1957 film The Story of Mankind featured the Marx Brothers in their last film together. Groucho plays Peter Minuet, Harpo plays Sir Isaac Newton, and Chico plays a monk. The film also features Vincent Price as the devil and Dennis Hopper as Napoleon Bonaparte.
"Taser" is an acronym for Thomas A. Smith's electric rifle, a fictional weapon from Victor Appleton's 1911 children's science fiction novel, Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle.
Some gas flares have been burning in Nigeria since the 1960s. The process of burning off "associated gas" brought up when oil is pumped out of the ground has been illegal in Nigeria since 1984.