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By Mr. Smarty Pants

MAY 1, 2000: 

If you have been quoted in The New York Times, you can get your obituary in it.

Your forearm and foot are the same length. Likewise, your height and wingspan are the same measurement.

The television laugh track was introduced to viewing audiences in 1950 on NBC's The Hank McCune Show. A few all-time classic laugh tracks recorded in the late 1950s and early 1960s were never retired, and can still be heard on programs today.

The "magic" number 142857 -- derived by dividing seven into one (it repeats endlessly) -- forms the "lyrics" to a song in Samuel Beckett's novel Watt. According to one traveler, for those really long bus rides, it's better than singing "100 bottles of beer on the wall."

The U.S. Public Health Service first warned of the dangers of leaded gasoline in 1922.

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