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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, January 29, 2016, Columns

From 1670-1715, more Native Americans were exported into slavery through Charles Town (now Charleston, South Carolina) than Africans were imported.

The first president actually born in the U.S. was Martin Van Buren, the eighth president. The first seven were born before 1776 – before there actually was a "United States of America."

When Larry Hagman was a teenager, a girl let him feel her breast if he smoked a cigarette. He agreed, but hated the smoking part and became an anti-smoking crusader.

According to Euromonitor International, the average American uses 60 pounds of facial tissue, paper towels, napkins, and toilet paper a year.

On Sept. 19, 1783, animals were used for the first time in an experiment involving a hot air balloon. The Montgolfier brothers launched a duck, a sheep, and a rooster in a balloon to see if they could survive the "high altitude" of 1,500 feet. The flight lasted eight minutes and all animals landed safely.

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