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Today is International Navel-gazing Blog Day, and despite the current poetically sad state of the Blog Day site...

... I thought I'd participate anyway. According to Global Voices, the point of this exercise is to recommend five blogs your readers might not already know about. So:

1. My Heart's in Accra. Run by Ethan Zuckerman, a tech-culture guru and friend of mental_floss. (He'll be on our panel at the Idea Festival this fall.) Brilliant thoughts on international news, with a focus on Africa. Ethan's on vacation until September 4th, but the archives are worth a look in the meantime.

2. Idle Musings. If you like what we do, you'll like what "punkinsmom" does -- not only is she one of our readers (hi there!), she has the same kind of quirky news and, well, idle musings you'll find here.

finch1.jpg3. Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society. If we had a three-way with McSweeney's and Wes Anderson, the result might look a little like this -- a blog devoted to curiosities, inquiries, and artifacts, like this 19th-century mounted flamingo.

4. Aetiology. Not a science-blog fan, you say? We challenge you to resist this one, with recent posts titled "Cervical cancer, vaccines, and jackalopes" and "Some good news about sex."

5. The Liam McEneaney Experience. And this one's just funny.

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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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