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Harvard vs. Yale– It’s the college football rivalry that pre-dates your grandfather, and it’s one of the annual opportunities for Ivy leaguers to loosen the cashmere cardigans from around their necks and get a little rowdy. More

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Turkey Day Toast: 5 Massachusetts Beers to Pair With This Year’s Thanksgiving Dishes
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Much has been written about the parallels between beer and wine so we’ll skip the pretense, but really, if there’s one thing to take from it: These days it shouldn’t be out of place to see a Belgian quad or a Russian imperial stout instead of merlot or syrah next to the cranberry sauce or gravy boat at Thanksgiving. Beers can have just as much nuance as wine and often pair better with food. Some beers have a time and place. The following local brews deserve a spot on your table Thursday. More

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Parlor Sports’ NBA Nerd Night Builds Community of Journalists, Trolls, and Basketball Addicts
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Somerville has developed a reputation as a hipster haven. Sure, you can find your microbreweries and your restaurants creating decadent meals using only local ingredients but there is one such gem in Somerville that makes itself unique in a world that hipsters aren’t usually associated with: sports. More

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From Hogwarts to College Campuses: This Is What Competitive Quidditch in Boston Looks Like
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Most people know quidditch from the Harry Potter franchise; wizards flying around on brooms, throwing balls through hoops and chasing a flying golden snitch. Fewer people may know of quidditch as a modernized sport played on college campuses nationwide. At first, this real life version can be played off as a bunch of nerds running around on brooms pretending to be wizards, but in reality it is a collection of club athletes playing a full contact co-ed sport. More

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Cooking Talks, Tuba Concerts, and More Thanksgiving Week Events in Boston
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Everybody loves Thanksgiving week: Three days of admittedly half-assed work followed by football, family, turkey naps, wine naps, and maybe putting on some khakis and a nice sweater and trying really hard not to say swear words in front of your significant other’s family. If you’re sticking around through the weekend, here’s some more stuff to do in Boston.

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It’s Official: Boston Has Been Named America’s Smartest City
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Coming off of a weekend that saw famed rapper and Twitter personality Lil B (the Based God) giving a lecture at MIT, Harvard hosting one of the year’s most spirited drunken tailgates, and a naked man falling through the ceiling into a women’s restroom at Logan Airport, it’s no surprise that Boston has been named the smartest city in America by Forbes.

Boston, specifically the “Boston-Cambridge-Newton metro area” beat out second place Pittsburgh for smartest large cities. Though some would argue our intellecutal superiority is self-evident, here’s how Forbes determined that Boston-area folks are the sharpest tacks at the Extremely Sharp Tacks Incorporated factory.

To determine the metro areas that are gaining brainpower in the 21st Century, we scored the nation’s 380 metropolitan statistical areas based on three criteria. We started with the growth rate in the number of residents with at least a bachelor’s degree from 2000 through 2013 (25% weighting in final score). But since the places that post the highest growth rates tend to be those starting with low levels of educational attainment, we gave greater weight to the percentage point increase in the share of the population that is college-educated over that span (50%), and we factored in the share of educated people in the population in 2013 (25%). We also separated out results for the 51 MSAs with over a million residents.

If you understood that paragraph on your first try, you’re probably from Boston.

[h/t Forbes]

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This Month in Wrestling: Survivor Series Brings Back Sting, Ballroom Dancing, and ‘The Rack Attack’
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Last night, a middle-aged man dressed as Eric Draven walked into the Scottrade Center in St. Louis with a baseball bat, stared blankly at the executive vice president of a billion dollar company for a few hyper-dramatic seconds, then dropped the exec on his head. For many among the viewership, this was a downright tear-jerking moment.

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Today in Cats: Fundraising Campaign for Permanent Boston Cat Cafe Launched (Plus Photos From Saturday’s Catfest)
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Saturday was a historical day for Boston, as the Boston Center for the Arts played host to the city’s first cat cafe. But one woman has launched a fundraising campaign aiming to make a cat cafe in Boston a permanent fixture. More

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The Mercury Sweater: MIT Masterminds Create a Garment Inspired by Spacesuits
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Founded in 2012 by some magnificent brains out of MIT, Ministry of Supply is one of the most thoughtful, and cutting-edge new brands creating menswear, that originally started with a goal of inspiring confidence through clothing. They’re the guys who have created such products as The Aviator Jacket – a water-resistant blazer you can fully bend, stretch, and twist in without overheating – and the Apollo Dress Shirt that was made with NASA spacesuit technology. More

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Now Streaming on Netflix: Flicks For the Foodie
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With Thanksgiving around the corner, we have food on the mind. Actually we always have food on the mind which is probably one of the reasons that food, cooking, and eating stand as some of the cinema’s most enduring themes. Hungry for a new Netflix queue? Check out these flicks devoted to the foodie in all of us, where food plays a starring role, or at least gives a substantial supporting turn.

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