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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

In June 1935, Vogue magazine ran an article titled "Dude Dressing," possibly one of the first stories on DIY denim distressing.

On Scooby Doo, Shaggy's real name is Norville Rogers.

The first U.S. government partial shutdown was on Sept. 30, 1976, when Gerald Ford vetoed a funding bill for the U.S. Depts. of Labor and Health, Education, and Welfare. The Democratic-controlled Congress overrode the veto, but the shutdown lasted until Oct. 11.

Peter Sellers owned a manor in Surrey, England. He sold it to Ringo Starr, who sold it Stephen Stills. The gardener there was simply known as "John the Gardener," and he tended to the garden. He was the model for Sellers' character in Being There, and Stills wrote a song called "Johnny's Garden."

"Messiah" was one of the five fastest-growing male baby names between 2011 and 2012, says the Social Security Administration.

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