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The Great Experiment

Television plays a major role in American life. According to statistics from A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than four hours of television a day, seven days a week. Over 99% of American households own televisions. Two-thirds of all American homes have three or more television sets. The average American child sees 20,000 …

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Wind Power in American

If you stand outside on a windy day you will experience the power of the wind as it blows your hair all over your head. At other times you may have to push against the wind just to walk down the sidewalk. Have you ever seen a hurricane weather report? Talk about power! American scientists …

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Volunteerism as The American Way

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”—Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1996 actor Cuba Gooding won an Academy Award for playing a football star in the comedy movie “Jerry McGuire.” His signature phrase from that film, “Show me the money,” has become a popular tag line, and serves to reinforce the stereotype of Americans …

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day takes place on November 11. It is not a designated Monday holiday. Originally a commemoration of the November 11, 1918 armistice that ended hostilities in the First World War, the day was extended to honor all those who have served in the nation’s armed forces. While Americans consistently honor their veterans on a …

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St. Valentine’s Day

St. Valentine’s Day (always February 14 and not a legal public holiday) is perhaps the most commercialized American holiday after Christmas. Although the original St. Valentine was one of the early Christian martyrs, Valentine’s Day today (the “Saint” is not used in popular parlance) has strictly sentimental rather than religious significance. Adult Americans use the …

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Utilities

The term “Utilities” refers to basic electric and gas (meaning natural gas), water, steam, and cable television service to apartments and homes. A “utility” is a company, usually highly regulated by the government, that provides such services. Telephone service is also often considered a utility. Utilities May be Included. If you rent an apartment, some or …

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Unruly American Children

Many Americans will tell you that family gatherings can be less than pleasant. Relatives who barely take the time to get together all year long meet at a Christmas party or summer barbecue for awkward discussions of the past year’s events, all the while trying to avoid potentially divisive topics like politics or religion. However, …

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Gratuities

If you live in an apartment building with a doorman, concierge, janitor or other staff members, remember that they expect tips at Christmas time. You’d be wise to pay them to ensure consistent service. Find out what other long-term tenants give them. Key money and bribery is an unfortunate fact of life in some apartment rentals, …

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