Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

President Theodore Roosevelt hated the nickname "Teddy."

Bela Lugosi was a practical joker. At his Hollywood parties, he would hire a comedian to act as butler who would spill drinks on guests.

According to author Scott Weidensaul, a recent study of decades of data revealed that nearly a third of all birds (nearly 3 billion) have vanished from North America in the last 50 years.

Stridulate means to make a shrill creaking noise by rubbing together special bodily structures used especially by male insects such as crickets or grasshoppers.

Actress Kate Beckinsale was born Kathrin Romary Beckinsale. Romary means "famously strong."

The above is information that Mr. Smarty Pants read in a book, magazine, or newspaper; heard on the radio; saw on television; or overheard at a party. Got facts? Write to Mr. Smarty Pants. Why not visit

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mr. Smarty Pants, Nov. 26, 2021

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mr. Smarty Pants, Nov. 19, 2021

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle