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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, October 30, 2015, Columns

Some people in China use the term "An Bu Neng Si" (pronounced ahn boo nung seu) for "ambulance," which means "I should not die."

The first U.S. census identified only white males and females, with the remainder lumped as either "other free persons" or "slaves."

A human heart puts out between one and five watts of power; at a resting output of one watt for 80 years, it would put out about 2.5 gigajoules.

Gerlinger Hall, within the Women's Memorial Quadrangle at the University of Oregon, was the filming location where Otter came to pick up his (deceased) alleged date and fiancée, Fawn Liebowitz, in the movie Animal House.

When the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital was in danger of closing down in 2009, the managers parked a prop LAPD squad car in the parking lot to scare residents into thinking they'd be evicted. The facility was the final residence of actors such as Johnny Weissmuller, Mary Astor, DeForest Kelley, and Yvonne De Carlo.

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