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When cringeworthy gifts are worse than inconsiderate

Sometimes a gift that might seem reasonable is no nicer than a stocking full of coal. Suzanne Tucker/Shutterstock.com Deborah Y. Cohn, New York Institute of Technology Ever wondered why your mom bought you that inexplicable thing? You’re not alone. I have spent years doing consumer research related to gift giving. In my field, conventional wisdom

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Halloween in 2020: Some fun with death and fear, anyone?

The setting: a rolling patch of Pennsylvania farmland, about 15 miles from the little town where “Night of the Living Dead” was filmed. The moment: Halloween season 2020, a moonlit Friday night. She strides up to the hayride and beckons you to the dimly lit tent behind her. Her eyes are hollow. “Blood” streaks her

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