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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

JANUARY 4, 1999: 

Half the world's population has never made a telephone call.

"A Streetcar Named Desire" actually existed in New Orleans in the earlier part of this century. Tennessee Williams created a clever double entendre using the name of the trolley line that ran east of the French Quarter to Desire (pronounced de-zi-ray) Street. The area is now serviced by RTA Bus (Route 82).

The average life span of a major league baseball is five to seven pitches.

P.T. Barnum displayed an old woman for years claiming she was both George Washington's nursemaid and the oldest woman alive. She was neither.

NASA is studying the possibility of commercializing the space station by selling advertising space.

The above is information which Mr. Smarty Pants read in a book, a magazine, or the newspaper; heard on the radio; saw on television; or overheard at a party. Got any facts? Write to Mr. Smarty Pants in care of the Chronicle, or e-mail to mrpants@auschron.com.

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