Why the most popular toys of the year poop

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It’s not just that kids find poop gross and hilarious, there’s a strong psychological element as well. Last month, my four-year-old visited with Santa Claus on Zoom , where she told him what she wanted for Christmas. “There’s this toy dog,” Ella said. “He comes with a leash, so you can pretend to take him on a walk.” So far so good. “The amazing thing about the dog is that he poops. He poops so much . You can pick up the poop in a scooper and put it in a little pouch.” Santa nodded seriously. It clearly wasn’t the first time a child had asked for a pooping toy. Read Full Story

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More trees! More decorations! Wounded by 2020, Americans are going big on Christmas cheer

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It’s not just you. Consumers are spending more on holiday decorations this year as the COVID-19 pandemic forces millions to stay home. René and Joe Hauser’s home is decorated with not one, not two, but three Christmas trees this year—a seven-footer in the foyer covered with their children’s ornaments and ones they’ve received as gifts, a six-footer in the living room decorated with blue lights and blue and silver ornaments, and a four-foot-tall Harry Potter-themed tree in the dining room. Elsewhere are Santa Claus pictures, Christmas dishes, two Advent calendars, two Nativity sets, and holiday potholders, towels, and shower curtains. Outside their Olean, N.Y., house to delight neighbors and motorists who stop to take pictures are Santa, reindeer, a North Pole sign, a nutcracker, lighted trees, a Joy sign, and candy canes. Read Full Story

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After a fire, your drinking water may be contaminated even if your house was saved

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In one California community, researchers found benzene, a carcinogen, at 40 times the state’s standard for drinking water. When wildfires swept through the hills near Santa Cruz, California, in 2020, they released toxic chemicals into the water supplies of at least two communities. One sample found benzene, a carcinogen, at 40 times the state’s standard for drinking water . Read Full Story

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Snapchat 2020 holiday lenses: How to get the Ugly Sweater with Face Mask, Santa’s Beard, and Family Portrait lenses

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As you might expect from a Snapchat lens, all of the company’s 2020 holiday lenses are a bit cheeky. Following the release of its uber-popular Year End Story feature yesterday , Snapchat has given users one final gift for the holiday season. Today the company rolled out the final of its lenses for the 2020 holidays. And as you might expect from a Snapchat lens, all of Snapchat’s 2020 holiday lenses are a bit cheeky. Read Full Story

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