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By Mr. Smarty Pants, February 28, 2014, Columns

Ed Asner collects shells.

Nouadhibou, Mauritania, is one of the largest ship graveyards in the world. One reason is that starting in the Eighties, the country nationalized its fishing industry and its harbor officers took bribes to let outdated ships be discarded there.

If you take Alaska and subtract Texas, the amount left over is still bigger than Texas.

Americans use 34 million rolls of toilet paper a day.

In 1879, at age 18, William Edward White played a single game for the Providence Grays of baseball's National League, becoming' as best as can be determined, the first African-American player in big-league history. He got a hit, scored a run, stole two bases, and fielded 12 chances in the Grays' 5–3 win over the Cleveland Blues.

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