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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

JANUARY 25, 1999: 

Grappa is an Italian brandy made from the residue of grapes that have already been pressed for wine.

Seiko recently released a wristwatch powered by human body heat. Electricity is generated by a device that utilizes "the Seebeck effect," which exploits the temperature difference between a wearer's arm and ambient air. Called the Thermic, it retails for about $2,400.

Herbert Hoover was the first president born west of the Mississippi River.

The didgeridoo is a lip-vibrated wind instrument played by the aboriginal people of Australia. It is traditionally constructed from a tree branch that has been hollowed out by the action of "white ants."

"Scotch" tape was invented for painting two-tone cars in the 1950s.

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? Email Mr. Smarty Pants at mrpants@auschron.com">.

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