Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Of course the British have an Egg Information Service

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Most species of moles have six fingers, including a thumb and a pseudothumb. Unlike true fingers, the pseudothumb has no joints.

Della Mae Hogan, Marilyn Monroe's maternal grandmother, worked as an occasional midwife in Mexico.

According to the British Egg Information Service, one in a thousand eggs on average is a double-yolker. What are the chances of finding a half-dozen double-yolk eggs in a single box? One in a billion.

Perkins Tractors were a quack medical device that consisted of a steel rod and a brass rod. Inventor Elisha Perkins claimed they were rare alloys that could draw out "noxious electrical fluid that lay at the root of suffering" by simply passing them over the skin. Reportedly, George Washington bought a pair.

Bicycle Polo, which is recently repopularized, was invented in 1891. At the 1908 Olympics, Ireland beat Germany for the gold medal.

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, Jan. 22, 2021

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mr. Smarty Pants, Jan. 15, 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