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By Mr. Smarty Pants

JANUARY 17, 2000: 

About 6,000 languages are spoken by people today. A thousand of them are spoken in New Guinea.


The origin of the term "mullet" as it applies to a hair style has been traced back to the film Cool Hand Luke. Apparently one character calls people with long, shaggy hair "mulletheads."


According to one source, the late Doug Sahm's first car was a 1952 Chevrolet Bel Air. He painted it lavender.


Owain Pedgley of Loughborough University and Rob Armstrong of England have designed an acoustic guitar made of plastic, which they claim sounds as good as a wooden instrument.


Recent evidence suggests that in his last days, Adolf Hitler had tooth decay, abscesses, and gum disease that caused terrible bad breath.


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