Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

You can't start a fire with moonlight no matter how big your magnifying glass is.

Mary, Queen of Scots, was allowed to have her English toy spaniel share her last days and accompany her to the scaffold.

When Egypt sought proposals in 1869 to build a lighthouse for the Suez Canal, sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi proposed a huge statue of a robed woman holding a torch. The design was rejected, but Bartholdi used the same idea again for his next big project, the Statue of Liberty.

The average 5-year-old produces about half a liter of saliva per day, according to the paper "Estimation of the total saliva volume produced per day in five-year-old children," published in the Archives of Oral Biology.

Cyndi Lauper used to be a horse-walker.

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