Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The "jay" part in "jaywalking" is an early 20th century term for rube or bumpkin.

According to author James Longhurst, before it was car drivers vs. cyclists, it was horse carriages vs. cyclists. In 1870, one bicycle-hating farmer in Chicago named Absalom Wycoff was known for horsewhipping any cyclists who rode past his property.

A single worker bee produces 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.

Actress Jayne Mansfield's two Chihuahuas died alongside her in the car accident that claimed her life on June 29, 1967.

According to Amy Hinsley, who is studying for a Ph.D. in the orchid trade at the University of Kent, there is a black market for orchids, with plants selling for up to £150,000. She said the grand prize for a best orchid in show in a 2014 Tokyo show was £10,000 and a Mercedes.

The above is information that Mr. Smarty Pants read in a book, magazine, or newspaper; heard on the radio; saw on television; or overheard at a party. Got facts? Write to Mr. Smarty Pants. Why not visit mrsmartypants.com?

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