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Charles River
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The Charles River in eastern Massachusetts starts in Hopkinton, then travels via 22 cities and four universities -- Brandeis, Harvard, Boston, and MIT -- before reaching the Atlantic Ocean.

 

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"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" is a 1979 Christmas song written by Randy Brooks and performed by Elmo and Patsy Shropshire. In the story, the grandmother drinks too much eggnog and is run over by Santa on her way home.

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It was also a 2000 animated television show.