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10 Best Ted Talks From The Minds Of Random Geniuses

ted2012_038923_d31_3685_600Reggie Watts turns TED on its head. Photo: Courtesy of James Duncan Davidson/TED.
TED spells the end of boring conversation. If ever you find yourself in a social setting with no chat fodder beyond job talk and weather observations, go home and watch a TED Talk or two (they range from two to 30 minutes). You’ll never fall back on convo kindling again. Thanks to Netflix and TED's own site, these talks — by hyperintelligent visionaries on a vast array of topics like life, love, food, confidence, body language, and riding the subway without pants — have earned a cult-like following and more than a few parodies. Where else will you find Al Gore high-fiving Tony Robbins, or Mary Roach talking about the sex life of animals? We went deep-diving into the archives to find the most absurdly brilliant lessons from the minds of TED talkers.
10. Terry Moore: "How to Tie Your Shoes"

Moore is a professor in the school of life, or so his adorable attire implies. He cuts right to the chase in the two minutes we have. Did you know we've been tying our shoelaces incorrectly all this time? There is a strong knot, and there is a weak knot, and after learning which is which, your warm-up on the treadmill (both real and symbolic) is bound to get a lot more graceful.