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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, September 4, 2015, Columns

In 2014, 45 of the 50 highest-viewed TV broadcasts in the U.S. were football games. The NFL earns well over $9 billion per year, and more Americans follow football than follow MLB, NBA, and NASCAR combined.

After the 1066 Battle of Hastings, King Harold II was able to be identified by his tattoos.

There are four types of tears in humans: continuous or basal tears, reflex tears, induced tears, and psychogenic tears or tears of emotion.

The average U.S. commuter spends 42 hours each year sitting in traffic jams.

Nolan Ryan's record-holding 5,714-strikeout career is attributable to pickles – at least, according to the 1968 New York Times. Sportswriter Joseph Durso named pickle brine "the New York Mets' secret weapon." Trainer Gus Mauch used it to cure the team's youthful pitching staff's "very tender hands."

Copyright © 2019 Austin Chronicle Corporation. All rights reserved.

The Austin Chronicle

https://www.austinchronicle.com/columns/2015-09-04/mr-smarty-pants-knows/

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, September 4, 2015, Columns

In 2014, 45 of the 50 highest-viewed TV broadcasts in the U.S. were football games. The NFL earns well over $9 billion per year, and more Americans follow football than follow MLB, NBA, and NASCAR combined.

After the 1066 Battle of Hastings, King Harold II was able to be identified by his tattoos.

There are four types of tears in humans: continuous or basal tears, reflex tears, induced tears, and psychogenic tears or tears of emotion.

The average U.S. commuter spends 42 hours each year sitting in traffic jams.

Nolan Ryan's record-holding 5,714-strikeout career is attributable to pickles – at least, according to the 1968 New York Times. Sportswriter Joseph Durso named pickle brine "the New York Mets' secret weapon." Trainer Gus Mauch used it to cure the team's youthful pitching staff's "very tender hands."

Copyright © 2019 Austin Chronicle Corporation. All rights reserved.

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