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Houses of Worship

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What on Earth Is Boxing Day?

Ever wonder why many of our British cousins open gifts on the 26th of December? The answer may be more elusive than you expect.

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Xmas Shopping

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Wearable Technology or Identity Reassignment?: Renee Zellweger’s and Tameka Harris’ Transformations

Zellweger and Harris are teaching us a couple of lessons about how identity looks and feels in our techno-driven world.

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Mega Memorial Day Sale

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Money Medals

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Trojan Santa Claus

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War on Christmas

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Online Shopper

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Wall Street Santa

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Colbert Has a Better Idea for Amazon Than Delivery Drones

Amazon’s latest “Prime Air” plan to drop your orders on your doorstep in half an hour leaves a lot to be desired. But Stephen Colbert has come up with a brilliant way for people to get products instantly—all he needs is Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ money.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE

Holiday Shopping

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Black Friday Sales

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Oh Christmas Tree

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Black and Blue Friday

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Quashing the Arts

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Brown Thursday

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Thanksgiving Table

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War on Thanksgiving

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Too Soon

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Black Friday

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Something to Be Scared of: Retailers Market ‘Sexy’ Halloween Costumes to Little Girls

Costumes for little girls are now firmly part of the trend toward an overly sexualized Halloween celebration.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE

Water for a Thirsty World

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Care for Green

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Adam and Eve at Wal-Mart

Posted on Sep 7, 2013 READ MORE

Shopping Meter

Posted on Apr 7, 2013 READ MORE

Tax Evasion Lesson No. 1: Become a Russian Citizen

French actor Gerard Depardieu has resorted to becoming Russian in order to avoid paying taxes in France, with a little help from Vladimir Putin of course; Jane Harman is being considered for CIA director, despite her past involvement in an Israeli intelligence influence operation; meanwhile, the Obama administration has been compiling a database that helps it determine how to treat a suspected terrorist. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE

Ned Claus

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 READ MORE

Bad Economy Christmas

Posted on Dec 25, 2012 READ MORE

The Season of Our Disillusionment

During the December holidays I feel the urge to watch old black and white movies, preferably those starring Jimmy Stewart. This year, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is too painful, a reminder of what we used to be but aren’t anymore.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 READ MORE

Shop Till Ya Drop

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Multi Nightmare

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David and Christmas

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End of the World

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Christmas Failures

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Good Grief

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Black Friday Sets Record, Cyber Monday Looks to Follow

It appears the controversial decision by some retailers to start Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving has paid off.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE

Black Friday

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Walmart’s Black Friday

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People Will Like Anything Called ‘the New iPhone’

Social scientist and late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel recently conducted a classic experiment, asking unsuspecting pedestrians to comment on the new iPhone 5, which was actually an old iPhone 4S.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE

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The Economic Normalcy Bias

Many who are faced with imminent disaster instantly convince themselves that everything is normal and that they don’t have to modify their behavior.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE


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Christmas Bills

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Santa Goes Shopping

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Amy Sancetta

Black Friday: The Pepper Spray Holiday

Following the good example set by recent police activity in our great nation, a particularly determined shopper whipped out the pepper spray Thursday night in a bid to fend off competition for an Xbox at a Los Angeles Walmart. That set the tone for a Black Friday alive with holiday spirit.

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 READ MORE

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Anger Sowing Seeds of a New Consumer Movement

A new report shows that after years of rising anger, consumer rage has reached an all-time high.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 READ MORE

Marketing Masculinity in an Age of Male Anxiety

What better way to jack up men’s flagging sense of masculine prowess in these times of economic instability, with gender roles shifting by the minute, than by introducing a line of house paints that includes the colors “Bro Code” and “Zombie Apocalypse”? (more)

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 READ MORE

A Call to Consume

Step right up and watch as one man in London with a megaphone and a cheeky sense of humor gives voice to the many narratives of consumerism—e.g., “Meditation is a waste of good shopping time!”—and has some fun at the local police’s expense while he’s at it.

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 READ MORE

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