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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mozart may have died from complications stemming from strep throat or scarlet fever. His death has also been blamed on intentional poisoning, rheumatic fever, and trichinosis, a parasitic disease caused by eating raw or undercooked pork.

Lauren Bacall and Shimon Peres are first cousins.

In 2012, Steve Heydon of the Bohart Museum of Entomology discovered what may be the smallest moth in the world. Looking through unmounted insects from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he noticed a moth about 1mm long. The moth is a new species.

Only one U.S. president has ever received a patent – in 1849, Abraham Lincoln was given a patent (No. 6469) for a device to lift boats over shoals.

Do you sneeze when you see bright sky or light? Then you are one of the 18-35% of humans who have photic sneeze reflex.

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