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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

First marketed in 1889, the 78 rpm record is closer to the Civil War than it is to today. They were phased out by 1960.

Rob Zombie directed a recent Woolite commercial.

When burned, selenium gives off a smell like horseradish. Selenium, the chemical element with symbol Se and atomic number 34, was discovered accidentally in 1817 by Jöns Jakob Berzelius and Johan Gottlieb Gahn, who owned a sulfuric acid plant near Gripsholm, Sweden.

On the first day of the Chinese holiday Qingming, people dust off the graves of their ancestors and make burnt offerings including burning bank notes, replicas of iPhones, model houses, and fake gold bars.

Freeman Bernstein was a Vaudeville manager, boxing promoter, and card shark who in 1936 swindled the Nazis in a deal to sell them nickel.

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