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The Terrible 20: Christmas Songs

Tis the season for festive melodies. Of course, while some Yuletide tunes are holly & jolly, others are pure sonic coal in the ears. Help finish this list of horrible Christmas songs by leaving your suggestions in the comments or tweeting them.

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The 15 Most Successful Stories-Within-Stories in Movie History

While there are a wide variety of variations on the theme, basically a story within a story is a literary device in which one story is told during the action of another story. Everybody from Edgar Allen Poe, to Herman Melville, to Shakespeare, to Itchy and Scratchy from The Simpsons, to a ton of Star Trek episodes, and even KoldCast TV’s own theatrical comedy series EXIT Stage Left have toyed with the concept over the years. Framed stories, nestled through-lines, subsequent layers, storytelling loves to throw a wrench in it by making you think. It’s a tough device to use, but when done properly, it adds depth and quality to a story.

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House of the Future: 12 Ultra-Modern Home Designs

What will our homes look like in the future? Packed with electronic controls and highly efficient gadgets, will they rapidly grow into strange, abstracted structures that bear little resemblance to our current houses? These 12 futuristic house designs from around the world may be indicative of what’s to come, or maybe in a few decades they’ll seem quaintly retro-futuristic, like spaceship houses from the 1950s. Either way, they’re fun to look at.

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Top 10 Currencies in the World

In listing down the “To 10 Currencies in the World”, it is according to the popularity of the currency and being a stable one when it comes to foreign exchange. For most economists, the stability and popularity of a currency is the mirror of the current economic state of a country. And with this, the currencies which are listed here can be found on some of the countries which are included at the list of Developed Countries. Having these currencies in your pocket gives you the chance of getting a pleasing exchange rate.

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10 The Cities Where Everyone Has a Job

While the U.S. unemployment rate has improved markedly from the double digits during the recession, it was still stuck at 7.9% as of October. Some regions fare far better than rest of the country, despite the fact that more than 12 million people are still considered unemployed in the U.S. 24/7 Wall St. looked at the 10 metropolitan areas in the U.S. where unemployment barely exists. Higher education and industries that support it are the reason these metropolitan areas are doing well. College towns across America tend to have lower unemployment rates than the population as a whole, Martin Kohli, Chief Regional Economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, explained in an interview. Universities often provide relatively stable jobs compared to employment in cyclical industries such as construction. The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, Iowa State University is located in Ames, and the University of Nebraska is located in Lincoln — all three metro areas are on our list.

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The 20 Most Homicidal Countries In The World

The United Nations just put together their Global Study on Homicide 2011, an extensive report detailing each country's homicide rate and the factors that brought them there. Globally, there were 468,000 murders in 2010, giving the world an average of 6.9 murders per 100,000 people. But more than a third of these homicides took place in Africa, and slightly lower percentages took place in the Americas and Asia. Not surprisingly, many of the countries with the highest homicide rates are low on human development, high on income inequality and corruption, and fairly unstable.

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5 Cool Places To Learn A Foreign Language Abroad

When you travel to a foreign country, everything from greetings to requests to simple transactions can get "lost in translation." Since learning the language is one of the best ways to understand a culture, why not study it while you're there on vacation? "The more we learn about a foreign language, the more we learn about our own language and about ourselves -- who you are in that other country with other greetings, foods, ways of interacting," says Brazilian native Ana C. Thomé Williams, a senior lecturer in Portuguese at Northwestern University. Sure, you can study in a traditional classroom, but there are other, wonderfully interactive ways to pick up skills.

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19 Handy Google Tricks That You Weren’t Aware Of

After covering everything that Google Search has to offer, you can easily forge that search only forms one small part of the Google behemoth. With so many different features and clients available, it’s very easy to use the basic features for each and leave it at that. However, if you delve a little deeper, there are many tricks hidden away that will help improve your experience. To help you out, here are a number of tips and tricks that you can use for four of Google’s more popular features: Gmail, Maps, Google Drive and Google News.

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2012 in Review: 9 Important Archaeological and Paleontological! Discoveries

Great things happen every year, but it never fails that by the time we reach the holiday season, most of them have been forgotten to all but a few die-hard news junkies and history buffs. In case you weren’t obsessively poring over the details of this year’s archaeological news, here’s a year-end round-up.

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