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  2. Merry Christmas

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  5. Women Are Like Bacon

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  6. THE CARS THAT MADE AMERICA

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  7. MEN ARE JUST HAPPY PEOPLE

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  8. HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR COFFEE

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  10. He died. Now what?

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  12. Is 2016 the year?

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  13. Emergency Service

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  14. My wooden air engine.

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  18. BACK SEAT DRIVERS

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  20. It is a Ford!

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