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Christmas songs are like Internet pornography. They’re both wildly profitable and yet no one claims to actually appreciate them. How to rectify this dichotomy? Well, in the case of pornography, let’s just assume that the Internet isn’t loaded with it because people don’t want it. As for Christmas songs, that’s easy. Whenever someone tells you they hate Christmas music ask them to name their favorite Christmas songs. They’ll have answers, and you’ll know they were lying about hating Christmas music all along. More

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Jamaica Plain Musician Wraps Up 50 State ‘Meter Tour’ Performing Each Show In the Back of a Truck
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Pablo Picker isn’t all that different from any other local musician trying to make an honest living out of a creative drive. What separates Pablo from the rest of the pack, however, is an idea that allowed him to take his talents on the road– a US tour very different from most. More

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Buggin’ Out: Looking Back at Boston’s Frenzied Y2K Preparations 15 Years Ago
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At 15 minutes to midnight on Jan. 18, 1985, Spencer Bolles submitted a post to an online bulletin board system from his computer at Reed College in Oregon. “I have a friend that raised an interesting question that I immediately tried to prove wrong,” he wrote. “He is a programmer and has this notion that when we reach the year 2000, computers will not accept the new date. Will the computers assume that it is 1900, or will it even cause a problem?” More

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Gingerbread Houses, Fire & Ice Fest, More Christmas Week Events in Boston
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I just found out that British people say “Happy Christmas”? Is that right? That’s so silly. Do they say “have a happy Christmas and a um, er, um… happy… um… new year”? You don’t even want to be happy on Christmas — you want to be merry, which is like happy but you’re full and a little drunk and it’s kind of uncomfortably warm but it’s OK, it’s good. Here’s some stuff to do through the weekend to help you have a merry Christmas.

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Is Waltham Really the Drunkest City in America? (Probably Not)
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BACtrack, a portable breathalyzer company that uses smartphone integration to keep its customers safe, has released data from its almost 300,000 breathalyzer tests nationwide in 2014. Some results aren’t surprising: the drunkest days of the year are St. Patrick’s Day and New Years Eve. Much more surprising? The highest average BAC in all of America during the month of December is from Waltham, Massachusetts. More

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Accessible By T: 5 Youth Programs to Volunteer With in the Boston Area
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You’ve perfected your cocktail list for your holiday party, the tree is trimmed, the menorah lit and the gifts are wrapped! Snow flurries and Christmas lights illuminate the magic in the air. With the holiday season in full swing it’s time for parties, family and friends. It’s a time to be thankful, and most of all, a time to give back. To think of others that are less fortunate than ourselves. With that said, we have great youth focused causes here for you to give back to, lend a hand, make a donation. Do what you got to do, just make it from the heart. More

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Thousands of Idiots Fooled by Story Claiming Aaron Hernandez Found Not Guilty
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It’s a headline too ridiculous to believe: “Aaron Hernandez Found Not Guilty; Will Return To The New England Patriots For 2015 Season.” Yet over 24,000 people were fooled into sharing this story on Facebook, when a simple Google search (or search of any reputable news site) would have revealed how fake it is. More

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Watch This Guy Dressed as a Snowman Terrorize People in Harvard Square
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Harvard Square was a hub of activity this weekend, as customers hit all its quaint little shops for last-minute Christmas gifts for the irony-lovers in their lives. But Harvard is also a hub of terror, as a “scary snowman” has been terrorizing unaware passerby. More

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Take My Advice: How to Deal With a Friendship Gone Sour
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I have been friends with 2 girls for awhile, call them Apple and Banana. I was friends with Apple many many years before Banana. When I first became friends with Banana, she was being severely bullied. Apple and I would cry for her. Banana PROBABLY had mental problems….she actually brought a weapon to school to try and stab all of them one day. But we three had a great friendship for a year. Then Banana moved schools. More

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Broke Beats: Best of 2014
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When I rekindled the Broke Beats column in May, my goal was to bring great free hip-hop to the masses. I think the column has certainly accomplished that, all the while uncovering a smattering of underground artists from the depths of DatPiff and Dj Booth. More