Read this and you'll look smart. You don't have to be intelligent to impress people -- you just have to fake it. Here's a daily list of fascinating articles that will wow your friends, surprise your co-workers and make you seem sharp at a cocktail party or over the lunch counter....
- A psychiatrist took a year to knit a wool brain. The anatomically correct human brain is one-and-a-half times life size and is color-coded to show the different parts of the brain.
- Pepsi is encouraging the comparisons between the company's new optimistic smiley-face logo campaign and Obama's mantra. The soft-drink giant plans to have a significant presence in Washington, D.C. during the inauguration and is plastering slogans like "All for One" and "Yes We Can" on billboards, buses and buildings throughout the city.
- Chew on this: bubble gum art. Artists Maurizio Savini creates sculptures out of chewed gum. He's created a life-size buffalo, a bear and a businessman. The Rome-based artist warms gum then smooths it with a knife as if he were working with clay and then applies formaldehyde and antibiotic material to keep the gum in place.
- Sommeliers, take heart. A change in the White House could mean a change in the wine cellar. Bush's White House served really bad wine. That said, it is unlikely that the number of bottles in the White House -- 500 to 600 -- will ever be restored to the heady days when Thomas Jefferson kept 20,000 bottles there.