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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, January 24, 2014, Columns

Will Brooker earned a scholarship to Cardiff University and wrote his Ph.D. thesis on the cultural history of Batman. Now at Kingston University, one of Dr. Brooker's students is studying Superman.

Before its Islamic revolution, most of the world's pistachios came from Iran. Now they come from California. Even Pakistan imports California pistachios.

To produce two pounds of beef, it takes an average of 3,712 gallons of water. That would be more than enough to fill 100 bathtubs.

Fashion photographer Irving Penn allegedly told his models to say the word "Thursday" right before he snapped his camera. That was his "cheese."

The toilet from Hitler's yacht is currently located in Greg Kohfeldt's auto repair shop in New Jersey. Although it's not technically for sale, Kohfeldt would sell it if someone offered a lot of money. One reason there are no buyers: It is currently being used as the garage's toilet.

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