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Mr. T Puts Down the Gold

According to an article in yesterday's Mirror, Mr. T (formerly of A-Team, Rocky III and 1-800 Collect fame) is starring in a new TV Land reality show, but has abandoned wearing his trademark gold chains on the program. Amazingly, the change came about because of the devout Christian's experiences helping victims during last year's Katrina relief efforts. Coming across far more eloquent than he ever has in any script, the actor was quoted as saying, "I stopped wearing the gold as of last year during Hurricane Katrina"¦ As a spiritual man, I felt it would be a sin against my God for me to wear all that gold again because I spent a lot of time with the less fortunate. The gold is now in my heart." Awww, Mr. T!

Of course, the sad part of that story is that he's still cashing in on his "I Pity the Fool" slogan, which happens to be the name of his reality series. Over the years he's used similar phrases to sell everything from rap albums-- Mr. T's Be Somebody (Or Be Somebody's Fool), to breakfast cereal ("I pity the fool who don't eat my cereal.")

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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.

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

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