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A guide to faking it



    Jeff Koons' "Balloon Flower" is one of 17 exhibits the American artists has on display at the chateau de Versailles.

    You don't have to actually be smart to impress people -- you just have to fake it. Here's a daily list of must-read articles that will impress your co-workers, wow your friends and make you seem smart....

    • Kitsch wasn't exactly what Marie Antoinette had in mind for the Chateau de Versailles. Still, the contemporary works of American artist Jeff Koons -- which includes over-sized balloon-animal sculptures, aluminum red lobsters and glass-encased vacuum cleaners, to name a few  -- is on display at sprawling royal estate.
    • The chairman and chief executive of Lehman Bros tried to assuage shareholders' fears that the investment bank is not tanking. But with a 90-percent stock decline this years alone, some are more willing to buy into the fact that the numbers don't lie.
    • Learn, you will. Queens University Belfast is now offering a course in Jedi. The class -- dubbed "How to train in the Jedi way" will examine the teaching psychology of Star Wars Jedi knights and will tease out the social and political themes in the series.
    • United Airlines' share price dropped 76 percent Monday after a 6-year-old newspaper story about the company filing for bankruptcy was erroneously picked up by Google News. So who can the company sue?
    • A stellar explosion half-way across the universe has been documented as the brightest explosion of its kind -- but now scientists have picked up on another unusual aspect of the event that's never before been observed.