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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

According to Kevin Drum of Mother Jones, Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal may have cost people their lives due to increased levels of nitrogen oxides in the atmosphere.

Aristotle praised pickles' healing powers.

Some say "tableaus" is the preferred plural of "tableau," not "tableaux."

When tensions rose between Reggie Jackson and Yankees manager Billy Martin, team owner George Steinbrenner called Jackson's father, Martinez Jackson, to see if he could talk with his son to smooth things over. A onetime Negro League second baseman who later became a tailor, Martinez also gave advice to Steinbrenner.

Zachary Goldberger, of the U. of Washington, says many scientists speculate that Beethoven had an arrhythmia (an abnormal heart rhythm) that influenced some of his music. Some say parts of the opening of the Piano Sonata in E-flat major (Opus 81a) are "transpositions" of irregular heart rhythms.

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