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10 Things That Are Smarter Than You’d Expect

A bracelet, your inbox, a cat...all of these things have something in common. They're all a little bit smarter than you might think. Here are a few things scoring high on the intelligence scale that you probably would never have guessed.

A Bracelet

A Dog

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Think your baby is smart? This dog is smarter. Chaser, the Border Collie, has the largest human vocabulary of any dog, recognizing the names of more than 1,000 objects. This pup's vocabulary puts her on intellectual par with a three-year-old child.


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How smart is your inbox? Most inboxes can filter through spam emails, but what about all of the graymail you've signed up for but don't end up reading? Hotmail's new features let you filter through your newsletters, expired daily deals, and social updates to leave you with what's really important.

A House

A Pair Of Shoes

A Parrot

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While parrots are known for their high intelligence, Alex sets the bar extremely high. His incredible ability to differentiate colors and shapes, and understand over 100 words, makes this parrot one extra smart bird.

A Toilet

A Coffee Mug

An Elephant

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Elephants may have a higher intelligence than other animals, but you probably wouldn't expect them to be artists. These gentle giants are known for their incredibly large brains and unique abilities. Their trunks can be used to manipulate tools, including paintbrushes, which they have been trained to use in creating remarkable pieces of art.

A Printer