by Chris Bowers, Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 08:18:05 PM EDT
In New York and other northeastern urban centers, including Washington and Boston, gray matter is the new black of the hip social scene. Thousands of young singles and couples are eschewing the perfunctory dinner and a movie for a growing circuit of late-night museum prowls, Oxford-style debates with pre-feud cocktail parties and book readings with cash bars and after-hour bands. In New York, even spelling bee nights have popped up as a romantic twist for the chic, unmarried and grammatically gifted.The idea that stuff like this is now cool both reminds me of a certain Huey Lewis song, and gives me hope for my personal future. We can go on our own, late-night nerdy date by taking the Pew News IQ quiz. However, just so you know, if you don't get a perfect score, I am breaking up with you.
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