Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Sir Henry Cole sent the first Christmas card. It was the Christmas season in 1843 and he was too busy to write the usual greetings. He asked his friend, the painter John Callcott Horsley, to design a card with an image and a brief greeting that he could mail out instead.

In 2009, a quarter of RV owners in the U.S. owed more on the RV than it was worth.

The first use of asphalt as a road-making material was apparently in Babylon (reign of Nabopolassar, circa 625 BC). In the U.S., the first was in New Jersey, 1870, in front of the Newark City Hall.

Some people treat their dog's pain with medical marijuana.

Tom Selleck was originally cast as Indiana Jones but had to pull out due to his contract for Magnum, P.I. A writers' strike delayed production long enough that he could have shot Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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