Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Some praying mantises like hunting for small fish.

The spurtle is a wooden kitchen tool for stirring porridge, soups, stews, and broths. It's been used in Scotland since the 15th century.

To finance her flying, Amelia Earhart used publicity stunts, making a flying record and then lecturing on it, contributing to Cosmopolitan magazine, and designing a line of clothing for active women.

What could you do with a mixture of hemp waste, old rags, fishnets, mulberry tree bark, and bamboo? Around AD105, Chinese inventor Cai Lun combined those materials with a secret ingredient to invent a precursor of modern paper.

Voyager 2 is more than 11 billion miles from Earth, but information from it takes only 16.5 hours to reach us because it's traveling at the speed of light.

The above is information that Mr. Smarty Pants read in a book, magazine, or newspaper; heard on the radio; saw on television; or overheard at a party. Got facts? Write to Mr. Smarty Pants. Why not visit mrsmartypants.com?

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