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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, May 25, 2012, Columns

Only 11% of the Secret Service are women.

Less time separates us from Tyrannosaurus Rex than separated Tyrannosaurus Rex from Stegosaurus.

Sir Charles Isham introduced garden gnomes to England in 1847. He brought 21 of them back from a trip to Germany and put them as ornaments in the gardens at Lamport Hall in Northamptonshire. Only one of that original batch survives. His nickname is Lampy.

Seth MacFarlane's favorite movie is The Sound of Music.

Women don't want to know their real clothing size, so manufacturers re-label bigger sizes with smaller numbers. In 1958, a size 8 corresponded with a bust of 31 inches, a waist of 23.5 inches, and hips of 32.5 inches. In ASTM's 2008 standards, a size 8 had increased by five to six inches in each of those three measurements, becoming the rough equivalent of a size 14 or 16 in 1958.

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