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Spooky post-Halloween story, filed under Long Reads: In 1830, a brutal crime in Massachusetts riveted the nation—and inspired the writings of Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
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Another one from the Smithsonian -- no big deal, you know, just a Beluga whale learning how to speak like a human.
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An oldie but goodie: stories that would have turned out differently if the protagonists had cell phones (don't even get me started on Harry Potter. And are we at a time where narratively this kind of drama may all be avoided?)
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From Monet to Constable: famous paintings of autumn - in pictures: "The turning of the season has always served as a great opportunity for landscape painters to ruminate on change and decay. From Claude Monet's lavish rendering of leaves reflected in the Seine to John Constable's mournful depiction of the woodland monument to Sir Joshua Reynolds, here are some of the finest portrayals of autumn in art."
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2007 may not seem all that long ago, but this news story about Twitter's launch will make you feel like decades have passed. As my friend Jen put it, "We've gone from Twitter being news, to Tweets being news, to reporting news over Twitter, to reading Tweets on TV AS NEWS in five years!"
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So let us know, please: are you a psychopath? (Maybe send this as a screener for potential dates.) The site also has ?a good personality quiz that I found quite accurate …
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Ever wanted to see a vintage mugshot of yourself? Ok maybe you wouldn't have thought of it, but if the idea intrigues you, now you can indeed do it. (Here's mine)
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You know I love time-lapse videos and stuff about space so naturally … here's an amazing time-lapse video showing the space shuttle Endeavor's final journey.
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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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