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11 Ways People Try to Look Smart - 11 Points Countdown
written by Sam Greenspan

I've got a new 11 Points Countdown episode today, posted a few hours later than usual but let's blame that on... oh, I don't know... health care?

This week's topic is the 11 ways people try to appear that they're smart. My co-host is making his first appearance on the show -- his name is Danny Abrahms and he's the creator of the web series Self Help.

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Here are the full results of the poll (highlight the first 11 to avoid spoilers)...
  1. Using unnecessary big words
  2. Correcting other people's grammar mistakes
  3. Wearing glasses
  4. Having highbrow books on your bookshelf you've never read
  5. Listening to NPR
  6. Exaggerating academic achievements
  7. Bragging about not owning a TV
  8. Staring at modern art as if they're interpreting it
  9. Going to the opera
  10. Exaggerating their job status/role
  11. Chiming in on current events on social media
  12. Pretending to know a foreign language
  13. Criticizing religion
  14. Joining MENSA
  15. Bragging about wine knowledge
  16. Going to the symphony
  17. Researching famous quotes to drop in coversation
  18. Quick current events research before parties
  19. Smoking a pipe
  20. Pretending to hate popular movies




This post was originally published on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 11:00:00 AM under the category Countdown.

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