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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

JULY 5, 1999: 

On rare occasions, some snakes can reproduce without engaging in sex.

According to "The Joy of Pi," 10 digits to the right of the decimal point of pi are sufficient to give the circumference of the earth to the fraction of an inch. The one millionth digit of pi is one.

Grapefruit consumed with coffee extends the caffeine effect for 24 hours.

Planners of the Sydney Olympic games are using software by London-based Legion Crowd Dynamics that lets them predict how crowds will move and react to various scenarios, including what they would do in the event of a fire or bomb threat.

Michael Dukakis serves on the board of Amtrak.

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? E-mail Mr. Smarty Pants at mrpants@auschron.com.

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