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The resident faculty tried to fool us by leaving scribbled notes about the new campus conference center and their "weekly Wednesday meeting." But there is no new campus conference center, and they meet on Mondays. It seemed they were trying to keep things to themselves. And that was their clue.

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Ms. Scarlet notched another yet victory, this time in the faculty Charades tournament. The Charade that put her over the top was Last Tango in Paris. Professor Plum called it, "Two hours of laughter interrupted by five minutes of sheer terror."

Had he found the mail? Well, he didn't touch his nose....

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Are sticky ideas born or made?

The former makes them magic: either you're a Sticky Wizard or you're not. The Heath brothers - authors of Made to Stick - believe sticky ideas are made, and anyone can make ideas stickier once we learn what makes ideas sticky. Are they right? Let's see....

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The resident faculty left a scrap of paper on the floor, but the writing was on the bottom side. And they had glued it to the floor. Fortunately they'd used water-soluble glue. Alas, they'd also used water-soluble ink. We don't know what they wrote, but we think we know what they meant.

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Professor Plum limped into the mail room, holding Ms. Scarlet's hand for support. "I'm never entering the faculty Twister tournament again," he said as Chef brought him a bag of ice. "I'm too old to be a pretzel."

"Don't look at me," the BPI Squirrel texted. "He couldn't have found the mail."

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Last week's Gallup generic ballot declared a 56-38 TGOP lead among likely voters, given average midterm turnout. But that Gallup poll actually shows a 41-28 TGOP lead ... with 31% undecided or unknown.

We can mimic Leonard Suskind's English punter and get stuck on a poll, or we can focus on that 31%.

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Usually the staff at Blogistan Polytechnic Institute search for a tiny clue to the resident faculty's intentions. This week they tricked us by leaving clues everywhere, pointing all over. We first tried to parse the clues logically, but then wondered: what if the avalanche of clues is itself the clue?

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Professor Plum proudly announced that Ms. Scarlet won the resident faculty gymnastics competition with an attempted headstand.

"Attempted?" we asked.

"Well, she didn't finish it," he explained. "But no one else even tried."

"The world looks very different upside down," Ms. Scarlet added.

Judging by this week's mail, it does indeed.

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In early 2010, Karl Rove met with a trio of tea party activists in Delaware to ask them to support veteran Mike Castle in the Senate race. The meeting went badly. Instead the activists backed Christine O'Donnell, and delivered a list of "non-negotiable" demands to their state legislature. But they forgot someone....

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"It's fairness. He's very fair."

"What it is, is, he's an honest person. He believes what he says"

"He loves this country."

"I always felt like he judged people on how useful they were going to be to him. That seemed to be his main thing ... Glenn Beck moving forward."

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"He did not win the popular vote," she says, an air of defiance in her voice. "He won the electoral vote. If you took into account the popular vote, he lost by a landslide."

Were she describing President Bush in 2000, it would have been true. But she was describing President Obama in 2008.

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"I won with the Discordians," Professor Plum announced proudly.

Apparently the resident faculty skipped Clue this weekend and played Illuminati, Steve Jackson's classic conspiracy card game. Plum's Discordian Society, advocates of chaos, came out ahead ... or so he claims. But can we trust him?

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