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Weekend Links: The Accuracy of an Internet Self-Diagnosis

The New Yorker's Atul Gawande shared a link for us self-diagnosers to consider: a study of Googling for medical advice reveals that in tests, 1/4 of sites offer outright wrong / unsafe information, and only 40% are indeed accurate.
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Who is better known, the world's most powerful woman, or a 90s sit-com character? It's Merkel vs. Urkel!
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"This video is eight and a half minutes long. It is also a beautifully shot, hypnotic look inside a DSLR lens, which is easily worth your time. Oh, and it’s a follow-along hack, too, if you have the guts."
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Not sure how to use a phone? This 1917 guide shows you how (I would say it's still necessary!)
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Inspiring profile piece on Edwina Grosvenor, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Westminster, "but rather than indulge in her wealth Edwina Grosvenor has dedicated herself to the often thankless task of prison reform."
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Settle in for this one (and prepare for some graphic depictions) a murder-suicide in the Keys unravels a doctor's decades-long mystery.
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I don't know what exactly this is because it's in Russian, but it's a lot of photoshopped photos that are worth a scroll.
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Another brain game: Einstein's Riddle Game of description and instructions. This is an oldie but goodie -- to win you need to put in all 25 correct answers.
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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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