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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, January 31, 2014, Columns

In 1937, the median age of orchestra concert audiences in Los Angeles was 28.

Alfred Hitchcock made Psycho for $800,000. It was loosely based on a novel by Robert Bloch who based it on a true incident in Wisconsin. The same true incident would later inspire The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Insurance company statisticians and Nazi doctors first noticed the correlation between smoking and lung cancer in the Thirties. Hitler opposed smoking and said tobacco was "the wrath of the Red Man against the White Man for having been given hard liquor."

Jack Payne, one of the workers who carved Mt. Rushmore, was fired for yodeling.

According to one tourist, if a foreigner runs out of toilet paper in a public place in China, they may call the police to bring them a roll.

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