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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, June 20, 2014, Columns

President George Washington greeted his guests standing in a circle around him, equally distant from him. This was incorporated into the Oval Office in 1909, a symbol of equality.

For the first two weeks of June 1964, Jimmy Nicol replaced Ringo Starr as the Beatles' drummer.

The United Kingdom drinks the third-most tea per capita in the world: about 4.28 pounds per person per year, or some 650 to 1,000 cups per person. Turkey is No. 1 per capita at 6.96 pounds and Ireland is second at 4.83 pounds. China is the largest tea consumer, at 1.6 billion pounds a year, but that's only 1.25 pounds per capita.

If someone sneezes in China, tell him or her that someone misses him or her. He or she may respond, "No. Someone might be mad at me." It's all in fun.

You can't sharpen obsidian knives with a whetstone, according to Neil Gaiman, who accidentally wrote that into his book, Stardust.

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