It is fitting that the eloquent obit/tribute to Alex the parrot, one of the smartest birds you'll never meet, is the most e-mailed story on the New York Times site.
He lived 31 years -- 30 at Brandeis University -- and learned more than most people. He knew his colors, shapes and had more than 100 words in his vocabulary -- which makes him smarter than Britney Spears and Paris Hilton combined.
He also had an array of one liners that could've played in the Catskills -- if Alex wasn't afraid of cats. He will be missed.