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Researchers have built a database of more than 500 billion words, culled from a collection of 5 million books. Parsing the words provides a unique insight into cultural changes, they say. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Google Book Tool Tracks Cultural Change With Words

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Alps Ratatat
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Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Harry Allen
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This year, U.S. Postal Service workers are seeing more letters addressed to Santa that are asking for the basics rather than the hot new toy. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Dear Santa: Please Make My Mommy Happy

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Revolting Children Matilda
Schuman's Leap Shooglenifty
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Google and other high-tech companies have set up shop in Pittsburgh's Bakery Square, which used to be a Nabisco factory. Courtesy of Erika Michael Gatz hide caption

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From Steel To Tech, Pittsburgh Transforms Itself

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Gary, Ind., Mayor Rudy Clay describes the proposed $300 million Michael Jackson museum and performing arts center this summer. The city hopes honoring the pop star will help attract new business to the area. John Smierciak/AP hide caption

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How Gary, Ind., Hopes To Soften Its Steely Image

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Penny Lane Eric Hansen
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Nashville Jubilee Nashville Super Guitars
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Jason Aldean, who sings the version of "I Ain't Ready To Quit" that you can hear on the radio. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nashville's Country Music Hits: All The Cooks In The Kitchen

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Jingle Bell Rock Los Straitjackets
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Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum says Congress is unfairly coercing states to expand Medicaid roles. Steve Cannon/AP hide caption

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States Ask Court To Throw Out Health Law

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Spanish Flea Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
THIS HERE JIMMY SMITH ET AL
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Welcome Home Yusuf Islam
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Bombay El Guincho
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Heat Lightning The One Am Radio
Peter Gunn Henry Mancini & His Orchestra
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Shown in April 2001, Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews attend the 10th Annual ELLA Award presentation in Beverly Hills, Calif. Alexander Sibaja/Newsmakers hide caption

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Blake Edwards, Master Of Sophisticated Slapstick

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Middle Name Period Egyptian Hip-Hop

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