Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Plywood, water, the human heart, the kilogram, and Clint Eastwood

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Plywood was first made 5,500 years ago in ancient Egypt.

Only 1% of the world's water is in a form that is usable to humans. The rest is salt water or in solid form as ice caps and glaciers.

The human heart, full of blood, weighs three-quarters of a pound.

The standard for the kilogram – a chunk of metal, under triple lock and key since 1889 at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Sèvres, near Paris – is actually 50 micrograms lighter.

Clint Eastwood used to be a hay baler.

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

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mr. Smarty Pants, March 5, 2021

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mr. Smarty Pants, Feb. 26, 2021

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle