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Gifts from The Twilight Zone

December 2012: 'Tis the season for astronomical rip-offs.
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“We got you an acre of land on the Moon!” beamed my mom, handing me a legal-looking document. I was 9 years old, and it was Christmas. I was suddenly the happiest boy in the world.

Also the dumbest. I treasured that deed for years. Finally, one night at age 13, the truth somehow struck. I raced to the kitchen to confront my parents.

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