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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

APRIL 5, 1999: 

According to Webster's dictionary, "jump start" as a verb originated in 1973.

Adel M. Al Zarouni of the United Arab Emirates claims to have designed a microwave gun that is so powerful it does not need a battery and can fry flesh. He also claims to have designed a helicopter without a propeller blade on the top.

In Brazil there are more Avon ladies than members of the army.

According to one source, you won't be able to use the program recording feature on older VCRs come the year 2000. But if it has a "year" feature, set it on 1972 because the days will be the same.

Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi privatized his government's fleet of 6,000 camels.

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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