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....
- Many farmers in India had been promised bountiful harvests if they switched from traditional seeds to planting genetically modified crops but have been left instead with spiraling debt. As a result, scores of farmers have committed suicide.
- The tiny plastic or metal tube at the end of a shoelace is called an aglet. A contrail in the trail left behind by an aircraft when its exhaust vapor turns into ice crystals. Here's more from a list of everyday items with forgettable names.
- Kindle had been doing fine on it's own. But then it received one of the most coveted endorsements ever. The day Oprah said the electronic reader launched by Amazon last year was her "new favorite thing in the world" visits to the site was up 6 percent -- the same day (!).