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By Mr. Smarty Pants, March 12, 2021, Columns

Brookesia nana is the world's smallest known reptile. The ultra-compact chameleon is tiny enough to perch comfortably on a fingertip.

An antiphonal is a piece of liturgical text that frames a psalm or canticle.

Hunt, Texas, in Kerr County was originally named Japonica and was renamed by Bob Hunt, who was born in Tennessee and moved with his wife to Austin in 1890. In 1908, Hunt's wife died of an accidental gunshot wound suffered during a wedding.

In 1974, Cook & Shanosky Associates won the contract to design the universal symbols/pictographs seen in many public spaces today, including restrooms by gender, smoking, bus, and others.

Published in 1819 by Uriah Derick D'Arcy, The Black Vampyre: A Legend of St. Domingo is the first Black vampire story. It came out the same year as The Vampyre: A Tale by John William Polidori.

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