Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Barney Gumble, space toilets, and more

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
They make clip art of bladder worms.

Barney Gumble on The Simpsons is based on the Crazy Guggenheim character on The Jackie Gleason Show (played by Frank Fontaine). Guggenheim was a rum-soaked drunk who would chat with Gleason in comedy skits in which Gleason played Joe the Bartender.

Joe Louis has the record for the longest title reign with 25 consecutive heavyweight titles.

NASA spent about $19 million for the new toilet on the space station.

Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wis., has been visited by the Virgin Mary, and recently became the first officially validated apparition site in the U.S. It all started in 1859, when Belgian immigrant Adele Brise said the Virgin Mary visited her there three times.

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