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Black Friday Blamed for Ruining Christmas on the High Street

There's some good news and some bad news here from the Office for National Statistics. The good news is that we, as a nation, are really getting it together when it comes to doing our Christmas shopping in advance. The bad news is we're doing it really far in advance in November, on Black Friday, and are therefore contributing to the dramatic erosion of the high street retailers. Read More >>

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There’s More to the Doom and Gloom Around Doctor Who’s New Year’s Day Ratings 

On Tuesday, Doctor Who returned for its sole outing in 2019 with “Resolution,” an all-in-all pretty cracking Dalek adventure. But you might instead have spent today reading about how it’s a disaster for the BBC, because overnight ratings are in, and they look pretty rough... but there’s more going on than certain headlines let on. Read More >>

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Even Alexa Took Christmas Day Off

We might all take the day off on December the 25th, but we expect our smart tech to keep working. Apparently, Amazon's Alexa smart assistant took exception to our Ebenezer Scrooge attitude this year, and went on strike on Christmas Day. Read More >>

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Watch Penguins and Santa Clauses Battle In Classic Christmas Death Match

The holidays are all about celebrating life—yet there’s nothing more thrilling than watching this simulation of 11,000 penguins and 4,000 Santa Clauses fighting to the death. Read More >>

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10 Weird Alternative World Christmas Traditions

Bored of eating raw poultry while your sister gets drunk and starts crying about perceived lifelong favouritism? Do Christmas like a jolly foreigner instead! Read More >>

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How to Get Rid of Your Unwanted Christmas Gifts

I know, I know. It sounds horribly ungrateful that anybody would even consider selling the Christmas presents that their friends and family painstakingly picked out for them, (probably) went through the effort of queuing in a crowded shop for, and spent their hard-earned money on. But the fact is most of us have already got enough crap in our lives. We don't need even more useless stuff cluttering our homes. We really appreciate cousin Fred's thoughts, but that Abba LP is never going to get played, and sorry Aunt Gertrude, those bright pink Crocs are never going to see light of day. Read More >>

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How Long Before Your Christmas Presents Go Out Of Date?

One of my favourite things about the tech industry is just how brazenly it is contemptuous of consumers. And the best case in point is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas - which is the time of year when many of the biggest manufacturers will announce and show off their latest inventions. Why is this such an affront? Because of the scheduling - each year the show takes place at the very start of January, basically as soon as is practically possible after Christmas. Read More >>

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The Real Story Behind the 1914 Christmas Truce in World War I

It was 101 years ago this Christmas season that something miraculous happened along the Western Front. After months of bitter fighting, soldiers on both sides gathered in no-man’s-land in a spontaneous show of peace and goodwill. Here’s what happened on that historic day — and why it marked the end of an era. Read More >>

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Monopoly Tips From the UK’s Reigning Monopoly Champion

In a day or two many of you will be making a journey to visit your family for Christmas, because we all love being stuck in the same house as everyone we're related to. What people do together over Christmas varies from family to family, but board games are a pretty common activity - particularly Monopoly. Read More >>

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Celebrate Christmas With a Hydraulic Press and Exploding Glitter

There’s an infinite number of ways the internet has improved our lives, but at the top of the list is the fact we all have easy access to videos of things getting crushed by a hydraulic press. And what better way is there to celebrate Christmas than by crushing a mountain of glitter and a CO2 cartridge? Can you think of a faster way to deck the halls? [YouTube] Read More >>

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Deck the Halls in Less Than 30 Seconds With This Time-Saving Holiday Decorating Cannon 

The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year for some, but only when all of the baking, shopping, and decorating is done. Decking the halls and trimming the tree can often be a gruelling all-day affair, but YouTube’s the Hacksmith has come up with a time-saving solution in the form of a yuletide cannon. Read More >>

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Sega’s Got A Winter Sale Happening On Steam

The Christmas/boxing day/we-would-like-your-money-please-don't-question-it-too-much sales continue, and the latest brand to add its name to the list is Sega. Read More >>

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If Einstein is Right, Santa is Even Fatter Than We Thought

There’s a controversial little interpretation of Einstein’s theory of special relativity that could affect what happens to masses moving at a really high speeds: they appear to get heavier. Read More >>

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Google’s Santa Tracker Has Gone Live

One of our very favourite festive traditions is using Google's free Santa Tracker to follow the fictional festive fella on his travels around the globe. Read More >>

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PSA: You Can Still Get The Tube on Christmas Eve, And A Bit of Christmas Day

While it is undoubtedly a festive British tradition for public transport to go belly-up at the very time people are trying to get home to their families, London Underground is somewhat bucking the trend. Read More >>