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Thanksgiving Is a Feast of Things Forgotten

Thanksgiving is a feast so complex and semiotically dense that things are very often forgotten and rarely go according to plan.
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How To Wrap Your Head Around Even The Most Complex Subjects

A 2x2 matrix is a great way of mapping just about any idea, research topic, or set of observations on two dimensions.
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Star Trek’s 50th Star Date Anniversary

September 8 marks the 50th anniversary of the first season of Star Trek, the NBC science-fiction series produced by Gene Roddenberry.

What’s A Healthier Choice: A Big Mac or A Chipotle Burrito?

Consumers looking to make a healthier choice need to consider that "fast casual" restaurants aren't always better than fast food.

Why Do Americans Love Tipping?

Tipping as cultural practice: why some countries like the U.S. like tipping and others don't.
Museum of Broken Relationships exhibit

The Museum of Broken Relationships

Located in the historic Upper Town district of Zagreb, Croatia, the Museum of Broken Relationships began as an experiment.

Donald Trump and the American Celebration of the Wealthy

A look into how wealth can transfer into fame.
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The Return of “Made in the USA”

A key impetus for the “Made in the USA” resurgence is more about business expenses.
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The Coca-Cola Wars: Can Anybody Really Tell the Difference?

While few people can reliably discern any difference in a blind taste test, Coca-Cola is winning in its branding war with Pepsi.

Coming Clean on Gender in Soap Operas

Academic scholarship on gender in soap operas.