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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, February 15, 2013, Columns

In 1979, the Australian band Air Supply got its first real international recognition thanks to the release of Life Support, described as a concept album with extraterrestrial overtones.

Afghanis spend twice their country's domestic revenue ($3.9 billion) on paying bribes.

The phrase "lunatic fringe" was coined by Theodore Roosevelt in 1913; he was commenting on an art exhibition featuring Cubists.

Facebook is blue and white because Mark Zuckerberg is colorblind. So is 7% of the population. Maybe someday more websites will be designed with colorblindness in mind.

The international standard used to define the kilogram has gained tens of micrograms from surface contamination over the decades.

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