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....
- One researcher is trying solve planetary mysteries using rubber ducks. He released 90 yellow rubber ducks -- each with an email address listed in three languages and offering a reward -- into melted water in Greenland's largest glacier. He's hoping they will emerge 30 miles away -- and provide valuable clues into how warming temperatures speed glacier's slide into the sea.
- The sleepy resort town of Sochi, Russia, is slate to host the 2014 Winter Games -- but the Kremlin may face the olympic task of forking over funds now that the economic crisis has left one of the Games' largest private investors to reconsider.
- He is considered the most selfless man in the UK. A handyman has saved one of Britain's greatest 16th-century palaces by maintaining the estate for 20 years -- without earning a penny.
- A British town held a contest to see who could build the best "scare car" -- that is, lifelike dummies that line the streets and are meant to frighten drivers so they slow down.