1. 93
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    Percentage of Christmastime deaths due to natural causes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Why is Christmas one of the deadliest days of the year?

     


  2. 20%
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    The proportion of gift-giving money that’s wasted on presents the recipient doesn’t want.

    Is cash the most ‘efficient’ Christmas gift?

     

  3. The world’s biggest iPod dock

    The 392-pound Wall of Sound 2.0 speaker stands over three feet tall and pumps out 8,000 watts. Its volume-control knob turns up to 11, but a small monkey head nearby warns you, with glaring red eyes, if you’re putting your hearing at risk.
    $6,900, thewosexperience.com

    Christmas gifts for those who have everything

     


  4. This is prime time for Christmas tree sellers in the city.  Who are they?  “Mostly adventurous types who can handle working 12-hour shifts in inclement weather, sleeping in a van parked on the side of the road, and going extended periods of time without a bathroom break or a shower. Not as majestic as Santa’s workshop, but some people like it.”

    Listen to all of The Week’s mini-podcasts here.

     

  5. Instagram Marshmallows:

    This company in England will put your Instagram photos on marshmallows. You choose nine, and if you’re lucky enough to live in Europe or North America, they send you a box of ‘em. It’s a good gift to receive…then make disappear. ($20; boomf.com) — Nikkitha Bakshani

    9 last-minute gifts that we actually want

     


  6. Girls on Film:

    Giving an Oscar-centric gift set is just about the easiest present there is, because there are only four films in history directed by women that have earned a Best Director nomination. They are:

    Lina Wertmuller for Seven Beauties: This film focuses on a criminal sent to the army, who escapes during World War II, only to get captured by the Germans and sent to a prison camp. The film is also part of “The Lina Wertmuller Collection.”

    Jane Campion for The Piano: The 1993 film stars Holly Hunter as a mute woman who communicates through her piano. She is sold into marriage with one man while being drawn to another. Though Campion didn’t win the Oscar for Best Director, the film nabbed Best Actress, Supporting Actress, and Original Screenplay.

    Sofia Coppola for Lost in TranslationFollowing in her famous father’s footsteps, Coppola courted big success with her second feature, which follows a blossoming friendship between an aging actor (Bill Murray) and a recent graduate (Scarlett Johansson) experiencing culture shock in Tokyo. Coppola won an Oscar for Best Screenplay, as the film enjoyed an impressive $120 million gross on a budget of $4 million.

    Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker: Finally, in 2009, Bigelow became the first woman to win a Best Director Oscar. The win solidified her standing as the female director at the top of every movie wish-list, as she won for her gritty look at a bomb disposal team during the Iraq War.

    This doesn’t, however, mean that the countless other female-directed films got no love. Nominees who missed Oscar nods while earning other recognition include: Debra Granik for the Jennifer Lawrence-starring Winter’s Bone, Marleen Gorris for Antonia’s Line (Best Foreign Language Film winner), Deepa Mehta for Water, and Penny Marshall for Awakenings. And that’s on top of the nominees and winners for short and documentary films, like Jessica Yu’s Documentary Short winner Breathing Lessons.

    A holiday gift guide for film fans

     

  7. Food face plates:

    For the beauty enthusiast in your life who also likes to play with her food, Ms. Food Face plates are the perfect gift. The dishes feature a bald lady’s face, perfect for dressing up with a salmon wig, a broccoli rabe necklace, and teriyaki sauce eyeliner.

    7 holiday gifts for the kid inside

     


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  9. 26%; 25%
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    The percentage of survey respondents who have hooked up with exes over the holiday; and the percentage who think the best time to reveal secret feelings for a coworker is at a holiday party.  Yikes.

    Survey: ‘Tis the season for having sex with old flames and ruining your office reputation

     

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  11. "Assuming the paint can is full (roughly 10 pounds) and the rope is 10 feet long, Marv and Harry each take a roughly 2 kilo-newton hit to the face. That is easily enough to fracture multiple facial bones, and is probably going to knock you out cold. Also, I wouldn’t expect either of the Wet Bandits to walk away from this with all of their teeth.”

    Can a man really be hit square in the face with a steam iron and walk away unfazed? What kind of permanent physical damage would a blow torch to the head really do? To answer these questions and officially dissolve Home Alone's Hollywood magic, Lauren Hansen spoke with her friend Dr. Ryan St. Clair of the Weill Cornell Medical College. 

    Diagnosing the Home Alone burglars’ injuries

     

  12. Americans eat, on average, more than 18 pounds of bacon per year. Even Christmas cannot escape our bacon obsession. Behold: Bacon flavored candy canes. These tasty treats are the perfect stocking stuffer for that bacon lover in your life, and let’s face: We all know someone who fits the bill.

    13 bacon-inspired products

     

  13. Cartoon of the day: A heartbreaking request
    DAVID FITZSIMMONS © 2012 Cagle Cartoons

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    (Source: theweek.com)