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Omnivore - Coke plays Santa for Halloween

Walking through the aisles of the grocery store last night, I was thrilled to see giant boxes of pomegranates, bins of brown chestnuts and big, beautiful oranges. They were like signs of cold weather to come.

Apparently, though, more than Mother Nature wants to get in on the premonitions: In addition to the seasonal produce, the grocery store was stocked with products already advertising, not for Thanksgiving, but for Christmas. Coke’s boxes already had its classic Santa, and Oreos were stuffed with thick, red icing.

I know the holiday season starts earlier every year, but I really didn’t expect to find Christmas staring at me in the face before the calendar had even switched over to November. I'm just going to hope that Coke was playing Santa for Halloween.




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What happens in Vegas apparently lands on your plate — if you know what you're doing. If not, you'll be sent packing, knives and all, with one killer hangover.__


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Thursday October 29, 2009 04:16 pm EDT

I guess one good turn, or challenge, deserves a repeat.

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