The Greatest

A few weeks ago one of our readers referred to this as a "blog about facts," which I have adopted as an unofficial motto. Nonetheless, it's Friday, so let us get all wacky and fictional for a sec: If you want to spend your entire workday procrastinating, check out Wikipedia's list of fictional things (insert joke about fiction and Wikipedian accuracy here). My favorite excerpt so far:

Fictional people known as "The Great" (not to be confused with real people known as "The Great"):

  • Sheila the Great from Judy Blume's Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
  • Edward the Great - title of an Iron Maiden 'greatest hits' album, named after the band's mascot Eddie.
  • Gonzo the Great character from The Muppet Show.
  • The Great Brain.
  • The Great Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel.
  • The Great Gazoo from the cartoon series The Flintstones.
  • The Great Merlini.
  • The Great Pumpkin from Peanuts comic strip.
  • The Great Rupert from the 1950 film of the same name.
  • The Great Skeeve from the novels of Robert Asprin
  • The Great Santini.
  • The Great Suprendo from Sesame Street

And for those of you who think that jab at Wikipedia wasn't so great: Wikimania starts today.

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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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