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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, April 4, 2014, Columns

For his painting Washington on the Delaware, Emanuel Leutze used the Rhine, not the Delaware, as the basis for the scene.

Women couldn't serve on a jury in Texas until 1954.

Elastic-waist trunks were designed in 1925 by Jacob Golomb, founder of Everlast, to replace the leather-belted trunks boxers wore. These "boxer trunks" immediately became famous, but were later eclipsed by Jockey-style briefs in the late Thirties.

Eating biscuits triggers the same pleasure center in the brain as cocaine. But biscuits are not physically addictive, although we are hard-wired to seek out sweet, yummy-tasting things.

Goats have good balance. Cloven hooves help.

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