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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

FEBRUARY 23, 1999: 

The number of home-schooled children in the United States has increased 20-fold since 1980.


In 1952, Grace Hopper devised the programming language that enabled the computer revolution to begin. Her legacy, though, included the Millennium bug that could bring much of modern life to a standstill in 2000.


Doris Day occasionally slept covered in Vaseline from head to toe.


Until recently, scientists thought that inorganic cranberry juice was better against bladder infection than organic juice because it had benzoic acid. Now, they believe proanthocyanidin is the active ingredient against infection, and it is present in both organic and inorganic.


As a child, Adolf Hitler once dreamed of becoming a Catholic priest.


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 facts? Email Mr. Smarty Pants at mrpants@auschron.com.


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