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Revenge of the Processing Fees! Ticketmaster Forced to Cough Up Millions in Refunds

If you bought a ticket for an event from the behemoth known as Ticketmaster between October of 1999 and October of 2011, you may be getting a bit of a credit next year.

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New York Teacher Is a Grinch — Tells Second Grade Students Santa Isn’t Real [VIDEO]

A teacher in Rockland County, New York may have to change her name to Scrooge after she told her second grade class at George Miller Elementary School that Santa Claus isn’t real.

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Attention Walmart Shoppers! Syringes Found in Clothes in Georgia [VIDEO]

Someone is playing a rather dangerous — not to mention sadistic — prank on holiday shoppers.

Several buyers at the Walmart in Cartersville, Georgia have reported finding syringes with the needles attached in items like socks and pajamas.

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Can Chewing Gum Help Control Your Appetite? — Health Check

Smokers have a gum that helps them quit smoking, so it’s only fair that overeaters have a gum to help them quit eating. Thankfully, scientists are getting close to making a safe appetite suppressant gum a reality.

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Taggie Smartphone App Helps Kids Make Smart Food Choices [VIDEO]

If you’re someone who wants your kids to know more about food — something we should all know more about — you’ll probably find a new app in development pretty interesting.

Taggie, the brainchild of recent Dutch design school graduate Niels van Hoof, uses your smartphone camera to scan a barcode of food items. It then launches a 3D augmented reality animation to give children a short, fun lesson about the food’s origin, growth process, and different varieties.

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Most Would Rather Eat Their Vegetables Than Work Out — Survey of the Day

According to a new Gallup poll of 1,012 adults, 52 percent lost weight at some point in their lives, but it’s how they’re doing it that’s intriguing.  Of those successful weight droppers, 32 percent got slimmer by dieting exclusively, and 47 percent named both diet and exercise as important factors.

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Why Sixth Grade May Be the Most Important Factor for Your Child Graduating High School

The latest numbers show about eight percent of American kids drop out of high school before graduating. Want to keep your kids from becoming a statistic? Then pay attention to how they do in the sixth grade.

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Survey Says — Holidays Are No Longer the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Seems “holiday cheer” may be a misnomer, at least according to a new survey. Consumer Reports polled 1,013 adults, revealing that 90 percent of us have at least one thing to complain about the holidays, and 15 percent hate that they’re expected to be nice.

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Newest Trick to Eating Less Has People Using Different Colored Plates — Health Check

Veteran dieters know one way to eat less is to use smaller plates to fool the eye into thinking we have more food in front of us. But new research revealed the color of our plates and tables matter just as much.

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Playboy Sued Over Gender Discrimination… of Men!

Today’s seemingly frivolous lawsuit comes courtesy of one Steve Frye, who’s upset that attractive women get into the Playboy Mansion for free while men do not.

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Boy Who Claims to Have Seen Heaven Pens ‘Heaven is for Real’ Children’s Book [VIDEO]

When he was four, Colton Burpo almost died of a burst appendix. Vivid memories the now 12-year old had of going to Heaven, sitting in Jesus’ lap, and meeting dead family members during this near death experience became the basis for the book ‘Heaven is for Real,’ which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for the past 52 weeks.

Now there is an 32-page illustrated children’s edition of ‘Heaven is for Real,’ which Colton and his parents promoted on ‘Today.’

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Can Electricity Shock Your Brain Into Learning Faster? It Works for the Air Force

One of the toughest things to teach Air Force pilots who guide unmanned attack drones is how to accurately spot targets in complex radar images. Researchers, however, have found a way to cut that lengthy training time in half.

Delivering a mild electrical current to pilots’ brains through EEG electrodes placed on the scalp — a process called transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) — can accelerate learning and improve pilot accuracy. In addition, that accuracy is sustained for up to 40 minutes, whereas it otherwise typically declines after 20 minutes.

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