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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, May 9, 2014, Columns

Jimmy Stewart once gave Olivia de Haviland flying lessons.

The global average consumption of soda is about one can per person every five days. In the U.S., it is estimated at about one can per person each 18 hours. A can of soda contains about 2.2 grams of carbon dioxide.

Out of 178 nations, the U.S. is one of only three that does not offer paid maternity leave benefits, let alone paid leave for fathers. In comparison, Canada and Norway offer generous benefits that can be shared between the father and mother, France offers about four months, and even Mexico and Pakistan are among the nations offering 12 weeks paid leave for mothers.

Pew Research finds that Mitt Romney won 78% of the Mormon vote in the 2012 presidential election.

The first player tokens for Monopoly looked like chess pawns.

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