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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

SEPTEMBER 29, 1997:  Albert Einstein's last words will never be known because they were in German and the attending nurse only spoke English.

At least 20 million sea horses are captured and processed annually to be used for making medicines, aphrodisiacs, aquarium exhibits, curios, and delicacies.

It was Davy Crockett who was indirectly responsible for naming the neighborhood on the westside of midtown Manhattan "Hell's Kitchen."

If one assumed Michael Jordan will make $40 million in endorsements in 1998, he'll be earning $178,100 a day whether he works or not. Yet he would have to save 100% of his income for 270 years to have a net worth equivalent to that of Bill Gates.

Johnny Carson, not Carl Sagan, coined the phrase "billions and billions."

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 any facts? Leave a message for Mr. Smarty Pants, at 454-5766, ext. 226 for possible inclusion in the column. E-mail: mrpants@auschron.com

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