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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, March 2, 2012, Columns

Nationwide, the number of people who bike to work is up 57% since 2000. It's still a tiny percentage – 0.6% – of total commuters.

Among the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are one physicist, one chemist, one microbiologist, six engineers, and nearly two dozen with medical training.

City Lights was originally supposed to be the story of a clown (played by Charlie Chaplin) who goes blind but has to hide the fact from a little boy. Realizing that a love story is what always sells tickets, he soon changed the idea to a story about a penniless tramp (Chaplin) who falls deeply in love with a blind flower girl.

Barack Obama spent $730 million getting to the White House in 2008 — twice as much as George W. Bush spent four years earlier and more than 260 times what Abraham Lincoln spent in his first election (as measured in 2011 dollars).

Lucille Ball used to be a soda jerk. She got fired for forgetting to put bananas in banana splits.

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