Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

In 2013, Susan Bennett confirmed to CNN that she was the original voice actor for Siri. She was also a former backup singer for Roy Orbison and Burt Bacharach.

Texas is about to become the U.S. state with the most earthquakes.

Nicotine and the tobacco plant Nicotiana tabacum are named after Jean Nicot de Villemain (1530-1604), a French diplomat and scholar who brought tobacco to France. He showed the plant to his botanist friend Damião de Goes and boasted of its medicinal properties. Ironically, Nicot applied tobacco to a tumor on an acquaintance's face and had excellent results.

The three-note chime (notes G, E, and C) used by NBC (National Broadcasting Company) was the first audio trademark accepted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The network began using it in 1931, but it wasn't until 1950 that it became an official audio service mark.

One of the most famous belly dancers in the world is Ukraine's Alla Kushnir. She calls Egypt home.

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?

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mr. Smarty Pants, May 27, 2022

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mr. Smarty Pants, May 20, 2022

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle