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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, July 3, 2015, Columns

They have paprika flavored potato chips in Germany.

Many Russians grew up in dense housing blocks, where children ran wild in closed central courtyards. Cul-de-sac translates in Russian as tupik – a word that evokes vulnerability and danger, a dead end with no escape.

"Sahnoan" is a Native American word meaning "healthy one."

The art of Tuvan throat singing is a style in which one or more pitches sound simultaneously over a fundamental pitch. The base pitch of a Tuvan throat singer is typically around a G below middle C.

The first bikinis were spotted on Minoan cave walls from 1600 BC: female gymnasts in two-piecers.

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