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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

APRIL 26, 1999: 

Spiders have transparent blood.

A team of scientists at Okayama University near Hiroshima has found that beer can stop the harmful actions of some mutagens believed to cause cancer in both humans and animals.

The last B-52 bomber will be retired at 95 years of age.

According to A Dictionary of Modern English Usage by H. W. Fowler, the word "primates," when referring to the order of mammals, should be pronounced "pry-may-teez." When referring to archbishops, it should be pronounced "pry-maytz."

"Ed, I saw Harpo Marx ram Oprah W. aside" is a palindrome.

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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