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Weekend Links: Early Movie Concept Art

When I first saw this photo of blemished inverted solar beauty, I thought "well that's cool ::shrug::" … then I clicked the picture to, as Phil Plait always says, "embiggen" and … wow. WOW!
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Early movie concept art: see what your favorite characters could have looked like. Some didn't change a whole lot, but some are a world away from what they ended up being onscreen! Do you have a favorite concept that didn't make it?
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Oh y'know, just a cat, sittin' and thinkin' like a human and stuff … (I want an explanation for this. Also, the music elevates it to new levels).
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This African fruit produces the world’s most intense natural color. Stunning.
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An Aurora Borealis timelapse. Beautiful definition and clarity.
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Micro-art: Jacqueline Lou Skaggs does tiny oil painting on pennies.
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For the stat-obsessed, Google Maps has produced an infograph on how Americans, Canadians, Mexicans and much of Europe spent our summer vacations.
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As a former proofreader, I can empathize with the pain of an oversight like this -- school official explains embarrassing typo on ‘public’ school sports sign. It's so obvious that everyone misses it, of course! (Thanks Holly!)
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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead
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Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]

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