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Last night was the first round of the Jeopardy College Tournament. One of the contestants, Kermin Fleming, is a comp-science student from Carnegie Mellon University, and he was on top of the pile when he made a final wager: $1337.

Trebek couldn’t figure out why the heck Fleming would pick such a weird number to wager, but geeks nationwide were thrilled. Because, of course, in leetspeak, the number 1337 stands for “‘leet” — or “elite”, for those of you who actually go out in the sun every once in a while.

Man, I can’t wait for 2040, when nerds are running for president. The cultural references in the debates are just going to rock.

(Thanks to Boing Boing for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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