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[December 05, 2012]
Talking Points [Examiner, The (Wash., DC)]
(Examiner, The (Wash., DC) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The Monday following Thanksgiving was dubbed "Cyber Monday" in 2005, by Shop.org, a unit of the National Retail Federation. The day dedicated to online buying was created after Shop.org determined that people returning to work after Thanksgiving took advantage of high-speed Internet service to shop online. Online sales were expected to top $1.5 billion on Monday, more than twice the $600 million that Cyber Monday generated in its first year.
- Will the legalization of marijuana lead to "pot tourism" in the U.S.
Colorado and Washington state this month voted to legalize recreational marijuana use. Both states set strict rules, including a ban on public smoking, but neither limits who could smoke pot in the state. That has raised the possibility of a pot tourism industry, something akin to Amsterdam's marijuana cafes, in which people would visit just to smoke. However, it would still be illegal for tourists to take pot with them when they left.
- What would "The 12 Days of Christmas" actually cost There are 364 items listed in the Christmas carol that begins with a single partridge in a pear tree and ends with 12 drummers drumming. To buy all of them would cost $107,300, according to PNC Wealth Management. The partridge is the cheapest item, at $15. The swans were the most expensive, at $1,000 each (7 needed). A dozen drummers could be had for $2,775. Add 11 pipers for $2,562.
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