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America's Smartest Cities

  1. Feb 17, 2008 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    Our own little Corvallis, Oregon, home of OSU [Integral's and my alma mater], made number five!

    http://www.forbes.com/opinions/2008...st-cities-oped-cx_apa_0207smartest_slide.html
     
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    You'll never win the title of STD capital of the world, GO BALTIMORE!!
     
  4. Feb 17, 2008 #3

    Moonbear

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    Heh, not too surprising. Lots of college towns...of course the people there are educated, they're all either students or employed by the university. And, of course, if some businesses open up around the university to retain some of the graduates for other employment, you can really boost those numbers.
     
  5. Feb 17, 2008 #4

    Ivan Seeking

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    Yes, but in our case it's the water.
     
  6. Feb 17, 2008 #5
    Ivan, so you live in Corvallis, I guessed that. I go there every summer, got a lot of family in the area. Ever heard of the Goetzingers?
     
  7. Feb 17, 2008 #6

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    Wow, the University of Kansas is #7.
     
  8. Feb 17, 2008 #7
    Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, Md.

    We made number two, hell yeah!

    And DC is number 13! Double points!
     
  9. Feb 17, 2008 #8
    You mentioned water Ivan, you mean the rain, or the Willamete?
     
  10. Feb 17, 2008 #9

    Moonbear

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    The tap. :biggrin:
     
  11. Feb 17, 2008 #10

    OmCheeto

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    I was surprised to see three metro's with over a million make the top ten list.
    That's like way too many smart people in one place.
    Kind of gives me hope for humanity.
     
  12. Feb 17, 2008 #11
    Well, maybe that accounts for some of my smarts, my dad grew up there. The Willamete used to be pretty nasty, and I assume thats where Curvallis' water is drawn from.
     
  13. Feb 18, 2008 #12

    Moonbear

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    Yeah, those were more surprising to me, actually. I figured there'd be a lot more less-educated people in those areas to drop their rankings. Maybe it's the cost of living...the less educated people have been forced out because they can't afford to live there?
     
  14. Feb 18, 2008 #13

    Ivan Seeking

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    binzing, I don't live in Corvallis but I did finish school there... spent many many hours at The Donut Shop across the street from the Physics and Chem schools.

    As for my current location, it's a mystery. :biggrin:
     
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  15. Feb 18, 2008 #14

    Astronuc

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    How can DC with 13 with that blackhole of negative intelligence in the WH?
     
  16. Feb 18, 2008 #15

    Moonbear

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    Apparently, even for those with directions to get there. Just ask Integral. :biggrin:
     
  17. Feb 18, 2008 #16
    Heh, maybe we'll meet and never know it. Do you ever check out the Kinetic Sculpture Race or for that matter all of da Vinci days? It's really cool.
     
  18. Feb 18, 2008 #17

    Tom Mattson

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    I'm surprised not to see Boston. :confused: They've got MIT, Harvard, BC, BU, and Wellesley.
     
  19. Feb 18, 2008 #18

    Ivan Seeking

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    Heh, you got my weak spot here. I once had what was called the most successful exhibit ever seen at da Vinci days. :approve: It was the public debut of an energy education concept that later won a grant from the NEH. The next generation device was or still is operating at OMSI. At last count about five million people had participated.

    It was my baby. :biggrin:
     
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  20. Feb 18, 2008 #19
    Hmm, this survey smells fishy...

    Now it's really starting to reek.

    Evo, it's only surprising because, well, you know how modest Kansans are... we hate to show off our intelligence (especially during school board meetings in Topeka!) ;)
     
  21. Feb 18, 2008 #20
    I used to live in #12 (Fort Collins) and now I live in #13. That's just a little messed up.

    -scott
     
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