San Jose was recently named America's smartest city on "The Today Show" series "Healthy, Wealthy, Wise," citing the abundance of young entrepreneurs and the factoid that more than half the city's adults hold a college degree.
Of course "smartest" is in the eye of the people conducting the latest study. Reader's Digest put San Francisco as the numero uno brainy burg in 2012. A 2013 study by Lumosity, the brain-game and memory-exercise website, named Stanford as the sharpest city, although, according to the megaminds at Wikipedia, Stanford isn't a municipality so much as a "census-designated place" with its own ZIP code. And on a different Lumosity list in the same year, Ithaca, N.Y., took first place in the top-100 smartest. Nothing in California even made that list. Heck, we were even beat out by Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisc., which was probably on there because you gotta be smart just to spell all that.
Anyway, my point is, because of San Jose's latest brilliant designation, The Society of Single Professionals -- billed as the world's largest nonprofit singles organization -- is hosting a Smartest Singles in America party, inviting high-IQ single professionals of all ages to meet new friends at 7 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 27) at the Fahrenheit club on San Fernando Street in San Jose. It's $10 at the door, which includes a Mixer Game, accompanied by complimentary appetizers for those who arrive on time. So if you're smart, you'll be punctual. Info: www.ThePartyHotline.com, 415-507-9962.
Some of those smarty pants must have come up with this one. No longer do you need friends to be personally present to advise you against buying those Sigerson Morrison open-toe gladiator boots for $495 at Bloomie's. No, now you can safely go it alone on a shopping spree and still get helpful and/or catty opinions via the Postelio mobile app, www.postelio.com. It lets you instantly send pics while you're shopping to ask your fashionistic friends what they think. I'm not sure why you can't just call or text them, but it is kind of cute with a little thumbs-up/thumbs-down icon display. Plus, you can also check out what's trending locally, follow your fave stores, get deals and solve fashion emergencies like, "Does this purse make me look fat?" Only your smartphone knows for sure.
Fashion is probably a low priority in Oymyakon. Where, you ask? Oh, only a remote village in the Sakha Republic in Russia. It is generally considered the coldest inhabited area on the planet with typical winter temps averaging a balmy minus-58 Fahrenheit.
Just a guess, but I'm saying it's not the smartest people in the world who live there. How do the locals deal with the cold? "Russki chai," photographer Amos Chapple told weather.com after his visit there. "Literally Russian tea, which is their word for vodka."
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