Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The belief that mercury cured syphilis endured well into the 20th century.

Being wet makes you cold because 1) water is 240 times more heat-conductive than air and 2) you lose heat when water evaporates. Wet air has a greater heat capacity than dry air, so it can remove more heat from you faster than dry air with less convection.

Desmond Tutu likes to watch sports.

Jerry Van Dyke turned down the role of Gilligan on Gilligan's Island. Instead, he was counting on the series My Mother the Car, which flopped.

Cherry is the most popular flavor of edible underwear.

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