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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The first photo of Earth was taken on Oct. 24, 1946 from a Nazi-built V-2 rocket launched by American scientists at the White Sands Missile Range.

As a tribute to The Day the Earth Stood Still and Return of the Jedi, to obtain the Necronomicon in the cult classic Army of Darkness, Bruce Campbell's character Ash had to say, "Klaatu barada nikto."

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2.

László Bíró, a Hungarian Jew, invented the ballpoint pen in 1931 and obtained a French patent for it in 1938. Bíró fled Hungary before World War II, eventually settling in Argentina. In 1945, he sold his patent to French aristocrat and entrepreneur Marcel Bich, whose company, Bic, modified the casing to create one of the world’s best known and enduring examples of postwar modernist industrial design.

Fred Flintstone grew a mustache in two episodes, “Latin Love” (1962) and “Fred el Terrifico” (1964).

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