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    Metropolitan Museum of Art director Philippe de Montebello is credited with lanching the museum into its golden age. (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

    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....

    • The 'Big Bang' machine has provided conspiracy theorists with enough fodder for a lifetime. Many believe the world's largest particle accelerator will create a black hole that will swallow the earth. So what exactly would happen if it did?
    • In January, the FDA approved cloned meat for consumption. It could be only a matter of time before cloned products start hitting grocery store shelves.
    • Bailing out struggling banks is an expensive business. New deficit projections show the bleak bottom-line when the government intervenes and picks up the tab. 
    • The man responsible for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's golden age is retiring. Philippe de Montebello -- whose philosophy of appealing to visitors with a series of 'unexpected treasures' rather than blockbuster exhibits -- has been the director at the museum since 1977.
    • McDonald's managed to dodge the effects of a down economy and was able to turn a profit this summer. The company credits the additions of iced coffee and sweet tea to its menu as well as its Olympic ad campaign for its success.
    • Dating in the animal world has turned digital. Studbooks -- online profiles of captive animals that include details such as sex, height and weight -- are the latest craze among zoo-keepers trying to pair their animals with mates.