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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, March 27, 2015, Columns

Ötzi the Iceman, who died 5,300 years ago and whose body was discovered frozen in the Italian Alps in 1991, was predisposed to heart disease and is the first documented case of infection by a Lyme disease bacterium.

In 1928, William Frawley (Fred Mertz in I Love Lucy) was fired from the Broadway show That's My Baby for punching actor Clifton Webb in the nose.

According to a 2011 study by the American Bar Association, over the past 25 years, law school tuition has risen twice as fast as inflation.

So strong was Union sentiment in North Alabama and East Tennessee that it was proposed that North Alabama join with Unionist East Tennessee to form the loyal state of Nickajack.

On an up escalator, each additional passenger makes the motor work a little harder to pull the steps up. But on a down escalator, each additional passenger helps the motor, thanks to the action of gravity. So riding the up escalator costs a little energy, while riding the down escalator saves a little.

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