Via: U.S. Embassy Tokyo
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Caroline Kennedy is nearing the end of her tenure as US Ambassador to Japan; and she's definitely embracing the stranger side of governmental affairs over there...

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Let These Christmas Web Comics Distract You While Your Family Argues About How to Decorate the Tree

Christmas time is a happy time, but it's also very stressful. Sometimes an argument breaks out amid the relentless holiday cheer. That's when you pull out your phone and stare intently at these comics to avoid all holiday family conflict.

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Via: Vox
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One part "White Christmas," two parts “Baby Please Come Home.”

What is it that makes Christmas music so Christmassy? Is it the chestnuts? The nutmeg? The cinnamon? Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

According to this new video from Vox, it’s a special chord found in some Christmas song classics that give it that special yuletide feel.

In this video, Vox talks to Adam Ragusea from Mercer University, who explains the influences of Mariah Carey’s hit and breaks the songs down note by note. When played together, Carey’s song sounds an awful lot like Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” and the Phil Spector-penned “Baby Please Come Home.” But there’s one chord in particular that makes them brings them all together. In music terms, it’s going from a “tonic chord” to a “diminished chord.” But all you need to do is hear how similar these things seem to get the gist.

via Vox

Check out the video above, and enjoy the songs below. See if you can hear what makes them so Christmassy.

 

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Need Some Help With Last Minute Decorating? Let These Christmas Lights Inspire You

We've got a full spectrum of lights on display here. Some of these Christmas decorations are genius and some...could be better. Whether your style is smart, lazy or spectacular, there's something festive for everyone to love in this list.

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