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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, February 14, 2014, Columns

Horchkommakrankheit is the German word meaning "an obsession about the deployment of apostrophes."

Pensions were offered by Roman Emperor Augustus in 13BC to Roman legionnaires who had served 20 years.

Mel Blanc, the original voice of Bugs Bunny, would actually chew on carrots during recording sessions, but spit them in a spittoon. This led to an oft-repeated story that Blanc was allergic to carrots. However, he denied any allergy in his biography.

Dr. Hillary Chollet, the great-grandson of a slave, was accepted at Tulane University but they rescinded their offer because his skin color was too dark. So he moved on to Cornell University, where he became a football and basketball star, earned his medical degree, and became a surgeon.

A "jiffy" is an actual measurement of time, lasting 1/100th of a second.

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