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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, May 16, 2014, Columns

In the U.S. alone, there are more than 11,000 species of moth, and that's more than 10 times the number of butterfly species.

William Faulkner once served as a scoutmaster for the Oxford Boy Scout troop.

According to Salon, Texas has more minimum-wage jobs than any other state, and only Mississippi has more minimum-wage workers per capita. Texas is falling behind various states in terms of per capita income, and most Texans pay more taxes than most Californians.

"Haibao," meaning treasure of the seas, was the mascot of World Expo 2010 Shanghai. Haibao is a 7-year-old boy creature from the sea.

In West Vancouver, they've put 2-D paintings in the streets of a girl chasing a ball. The paintings create a 3-D optical illusion and drivers slow down when they see them, much as they do for a speed bump. In 2008, Philadelphia did a similar thing, painting pictures of spikes.

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