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    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....

    • Meet the urban cowboy. Hindus consider cows sacred but in New Delhi many have lost patience with the stray cattle that wander into the streets and block traffic. The solution? The city hires cow catchers.
    • Introducing the Starbucks theory of economics: the higher the concentration of Starbucks in a county, the greater the chances it suffered serious economic losses.
    • It takes an average of 7 minutes to fall asleep. A rabbit's teeth would grow to 10 feet in length if they weren't worn down by eating. About 16 percent of the population is left-handed. For a list of truly bizarre numbers and stats click here.
    • Artist Terry Frost learned to paint in a German prison camp and was known for abstract art. Now, his family is continuing what he started.
    • In an attempt to broker peace in the region, a historic trade route that connects India and Pakistan via Kashmir has been reopened after 60 years.
    • A new book released today claims that cigarette warning labels make consumers want to smoke more -- not less.  Brain scans taken when a test group was shown warning labels on cigarettes showed the ads activated "craving spots."
    • The rich cheat more on their taxes, a new study found. Those who make between $500,000 and $1 million annually understate their adjusted gross incomes by 21 percent compared to 8 percent for those earning between $50,000 and $100,000.