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East Pole: The Top 10 Strange Santas from China

Christmas with Chinese characteristics? Yule betcha! It's Christmas in China, where werewolves are chowing down on beef chow mein at Lee Ho Ho Ho Fooks and even the most exhausted elves don't envy their iPhone-making counterparts over at Foxconn.

Generational Memes: YOLO vs YOOO, Tenacious Teens vs Obsolete Oldies

Millennials vs. Boomers cover both ends of the age spectrum. There's an X and a Y in between, but according to most authorities, a generation of folks is approximately 15 years apart, where they are defined by their own uniquely similar characteristics.

14 Terrible Christmas Presents For 14 Terrible People

We all have horrible people in our lives that we have to buy Christmas presents for -no matter how much we actually hate them. These people can be some of the hardest people to shop for, which is annoying since you don’t really want to buy them something anyway.

We’re here to help with this year’s list of terrible Christmas presents for all the worst kind of people in your life.

Mayor Booker SNAPS To Social Media Food Stamps Challenge

When TwitWit, who goes by the handle @MWadeNC tweeted Newark Mayor Cory Booker that "nutrition is not the responsibility of the government," a gauntlet was laid that is now being played out in Twitterville as well as the real world. Booker (@CoryBooker), a prolific member of the Twitterati has amassed celebrity status with a Twitter following of over 1.2 million, while TwitWit whose profile describes herself as a "Daughter of the American Revolution" has only 1008 (as of this posting).

'Power Hunters' Are 'Jersey Strong' In Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy [Videos]

Seeking power was an arduous task as most folks learned early on in the aftermath of superstorm, Hurricane Sandy. Desperately seeking power for our cell phones, iPads and laptops became part of the zeitgeist emanating from those affected in New Jersey and New York. The power grid that used to affect only our heat, electricity and land lines now included cell towers that experienced disrupted service as well. Even for those services that remained operational, without electricity we needed alternatives to charge our devices.

Bizarre By Design: The Top 10 Weirdest Japanese Buildings

Japan may be the place where conformity is king but their architects never saw the memo. These 10 weird, wild and even wooly Japanese buildings take the concept of multistory strangeness to a higher level, albeit one that the elevator will still stop at.

Dogstar Portable LED Searchlight Shines at RISCON Safety & Security Trade Show

Have light, will travel? With the Dogstar handheld portable LED searchlight blazing a 68,000 lumen trail, you'll go (or at least see) far indeed. Demonstrated at the 2012 RISCON Safety & Security Trade Show in Tokyo, this is one mean photonic bazooka!

From "First Time Girls" To "First Wives Club," Protests Go Viral Prior To Election [Videos]

Women's issues move center-stage once again in the final stretch of this year's contentious Presidential campaigns -- mainly, due to Richard Mourdock's and Todd Akin's extreme views on women's rights.  On the left, the creative genius of HBO's hit comedy "Girls," Lena Dunham and 1960's pop icon Lesley Gore have released political ads that connect women of the 1960s to first-time female voters of 2012, which provided a needed counterpoint.

Put Your Money Where Your Tweet Is? Battleships, Horses & Bayonets, Oh My!

With the presidential election only 2 weeks out, both campaigns are fully cognizant of the impact of social media and how one meme can sway opinion within minutes of it being uttered. At no other time in U.S. history has the combination of messaging on TV and Twitter become so intertwined. However instead of paying the hefty fees of a TV ad, the presidential contenders incur less cost by purchasing Promoted Tweets and Trends, and ironically utilize the free medium of a TV debate to drive the traffic.

Field Of Bad Dreams: 13 Bizarre & Creepy Japanese Scarecrows

Scarecrows are supposed to be scary... to crows. Japanese farmers take the age-old crop protecting concept to a whole, new, terrifying level with scarecrows so weird and disturbing they freak out anyone or any bird who sees them.

Can 'Romnesia' Be Used In 'Words With Friends?'

Words With Friends is a multi-player word game developed by Zynga. It's popularity got a boost from Alex Baldwin's infamous riff with a stewardess when he refused to turn off the game during take-off. Similar to the rules of Scrabble, players can choose to play with a friend or a random player found online. President Obama has chosen to play the game with undecided voters using a new word he coined this past week. . . called "Romnesia"

Attention Economy: Driver Behind Twitter's Acquisition of Video Firm Vine?

Remember the political rebuff “it’s the economy, stupid!” first coined by James Carville as a campaign strategy for Bill Clinton to use in his successful 1992 presidential campaign against incumbent president George H.W. Bush. Well, it's probably more applicable today then it was then, as evidenced by the vitriol spewing all over the current contentious presidential election campaigns.

Winning The Presidential Election, Gangnam Style: Obama v Romney [Videos]

Every generation has had its own dance craze, from the Charleston of the 1920s, the Jitterbug of the 1940s, the Twist (60s), the Hustle (70s) the Makarena (90s) to even the Chicken Dance still a staple at today's wedding receptions. Those that stood the test of time etch a notch into our global zeitgeist. Such is the case with "Gangnam Style," a song and dance created and popularized by South Korean Rapper Psy.

Israeli Cartoon Bomb Explodes Virally In The United Nations

With Iran's nuclear capabilities escalating to an all-time high, it appears Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has built his very own bomb in retaliation. Except his high-octane ammunition was not of the world-annihilation kind. Identified as the "Bibi Bomb," named after the PM's nickname "Bibi," his explosive came in the form of a cartoonish drawing to illustrate what is perceived as Iran's probability to create an atomic weapon. Used as a prop at the UN General Assembly this past week,  it was seen as Israel's first preemptive salvo launched at its number-one enemy, Iran.

Japanese Gulag For Social Media Activist Michael Q.Todd Spotlights Deportation Practices

His bio reads, "I aim to connect and promote great people who will make a difference by collaborating than individually. . . and my goals are eradication of poverty and a sustainable economy by 2015." One of his fervent passions and ongoing initiatives is to help save the Taiji dolphins from captivity and slaughter. Doesn't sound like a candidate for Japan's harsh immigration-and-detention system, does it? Yet Michael Q. Todd found himself taken into custody in the Shingu Jail on September 16h for a lapsed visa. 

Jon Stewart vs Bill O'Reilly To Beat The Obama-Romney Debates?

He's done it before. Back in 2010 when the Tea Party Republcans helped overtake the majority in the House of Representatives, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart jumped into the debate ring with his co-faux newscaster collaborator, Stephen Colbert. Touted as the "Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear," the event was well attended in DC. This go-around Stewart has targeted Bill O'Reilly, the Fox News talk-show host to help iron out some of the pressing issues of this year's presidential election campaign.

Social Finance Comes From China To Assist US College Students?

Social media has continued to evolve over the course of the last decade. From social networking to social gaming to social commerce, the common belief is that social will continue to bleed into other categories. Social Finance is SM's latest iteration and there are a number of exciting start-ups trying to attack the trillion-dollar student debt problem in the U.S.

Gulliver's Plate Dish is One Big Lovin' Spoonful

Yo dawg, I herd you like spoons, so Japan's Village Vanguard made a plate like a spoon so you can spoon your eats from a spoon-shaped plate!

And The Social Media 'Bacon Number' Goes To Mark Zuckerberg?

With one's share value tanking to half its original IPO value, Mark Zuckerberg's been in an ongoing crisis management mode for months now. Acccepting every speaking engagement offered, ironically he spoke at TechCrunch's Disrupt Conference on the same date Apple's stock escalated to an all-time high of $660.97.

Love You LONG Time: China's Nettled Netizens Mock the iPhone 5

Apple's highly-anticipated iPhone 5 is finally here and what do China's fanatical fanboys & gals get after their long wait? A longer iPhone... Really? Less than impressed with this critical post-Jobs product, China's clever, creative and critical netizens have logged into China's social media matrix to call Apple out.