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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

JULY 19, 1999: 

Flies flap their wings in figure-eight patterns.

The Apple I computer, built in a garage by founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, was originally priced at $666.66, which got the company into trouble with Christian fundamentalists.

Aphra Benn (1640-1689) was the first Englishwoman to make her living writing.

A poor Scottish farmer named Fleming once saved a boy from drowning. In return, the boy's father paid for Fleming's son to attend a good school. Fleming's son was Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin. The boy Fleming saved was Winston Churchill.

Houses of the Holy was the only Led Zeppelin album to include a lyric sheet.

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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