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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, September 2, 2016, Columns

Mr. Smarty PantsJoe McDonald of Country Joe & the Fish was named by his parents for Josef Stalin.

"Boonta" (pronounced with the oo like "book") is a South Australian term to describe someone going crazy, getting excited, angry, etc., as in, "I told her what I did and she just went boonta at me!"

In 1890, Eugene Schieffelin released 60 starlings into New York's Central Park to improve the ambience. There were none in the U.S. until then.

According to one historian, ancient Roman gladiators were vegetarians, and their sports drink consisted of a mixture of vinegar and ash.

To get rid of a headache, try applying pressure to your Valley of Harmony – it's the center of the webbed area between the base of your thumb and index finger. Apply steady pressure by pinching the Valley with your opposite thumb and index finger until you feel a slight soreness. Hold for a few seconds or up to two minutes. Repeat on your other hand.

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