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Posted at 4:24 PM ET, 07/16/2010

D.C. is smart, but is it honest? 5 fun blogs

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

And on Friday, the earth shook in Maryland -- a little. Out in California they scoffed about our "little" quake. But, hey, we don't mock them when they get all excited about a little snow (well, at least not that much).

Lots of quake posts around the blogosphere today, but there's other fun stuff, as well. So we'll give you a little break from the quake.

D.C.-area residents know how smart they are (a recent Brookings Institution report noted that area residents are the best educated in the country). But a new marketing campaign by Honest Tea will now test how honest we are, K Street Kate reports. The Bethesda-based company has set up “honor system” kiosks at Union Station and at other spots around the city. How do we compare to Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta and New York when it comes to honesty? Stay tuned.

In honor of the earthquake, BGR: The Burger Joint offered half-price shakes for an hour on Friday. In honor of that gesture, we offer this post from the Best Bites blog . Here are their nominations for the “Best Milkshakes” in the D.C. area. Had no idea you could get one spiked with booze at Ted’s Bulletin.

Back-to-school-tech. If you’re the parent of a rising college freshman (or any college student for that matter), the UHP blog has some heading-off-to-college tech tips via Lifehacker (a truly excellent and useful blog).

There are fewer and fewer of these around every day, but Culture Mob DC offers a guide to the best used-book stores in the D.C. area. Makes you wonder if someday there willl be a market for used e-book readers?

Feeling a little cash poor? Frugal Friends in Northern Virginia has this guide to free outdoor movies this weekend. A blanket, some snacks, and you’re all set.

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend. We'll be back Monday with more great posts from the D.C.-area blogsphere. If you know of a fabulous blog -- share it! aratanil@washpost.com

By Lori Aratani  | July 16, 2010; 4:24 PM ET
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