The CambridgeSide Galleria was bustling with people exchanging gifts and taking advantage of sales the day after Christmas 2011. Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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Some people just aren't into the big Thanksgiving Day extravaganza. Stuart Monk /iStockphoto.com hide caption

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President Obama dances with first lady Michelle Obama on the night of his inauguration, Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Mitt Romney talks to reporters on his campaign plane on Election Day. "I'm very proud of the campaign we've run," he said. "No campaign is perfect." Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The presidency has remained a male-only office throughout American history. Despite changing demographics and huge gains by women in other walks of life, some experts still don't see a female president on the horizon. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images hide caption

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Wall-E fell in love with another robot in the movie named after him. Researchers have yet to create a sentient machine, but a breakthrough could be on the horizon. John M. Heller/Getty Images hide caption

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According to recent reports from a research team led by Australian biologist Monica Gagliano, some plants such as chili peppers may be able to "hear" other plants. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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A capuchin monkey riding a dog. Tim Lepard, owner and creator of the Monkey Rodeo, says his animals are treated humanely. Courtesy of Tim Lepard hide caption

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Whatever you think about the candidates, we can all agree both have been punching bags for their opponents. Chris O'Meara/AP hide caption

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Fans wear President Obama and Mitt Romney masks at the Atlanta Braves-Miami Marlins game Sept. 25 in Atlanta. One of many quirky election year predictors is based on which candidate's likeness sells better as a Halloween mask. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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