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A bargain at $17.5 million a year. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images hide caption

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Producer Larry Thompson (right) took out incarceration insurance on Lindsay Lohan for her role in Lifetime's Liz and Dick. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Economist Joel Waldfogel estimates that U.S. holiday gift giving destroys about $13 billion worth of value. www.metaphoricalplatypus.com/Flickr hide caption

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Lego minifigures are displayed on October 18, 2012 in the newly-opened store of the Danish construction toys group at the "So Ouest" shopping center in Levallois-Perret, west of Paris. Thomas Samson/Getty Images hide caption

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