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The origin of Black Friday and other Black Days


Across the US, those who are not too replete with their Thanksgiving feast will be braving the crowds in order to secure…

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The many ‘sides’ of Thanksgiving… and the English language


We may talk a lot of turkey during the holiday, but US Thanksgiving is really all about the sides. Yes, we pile our plates…