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Can one person really change the world? The answer, claims Princeton's parapsychological Global Consciousness Project, is no. At least, not just by thinking about it. But results of recent experiments by the GCP hint that the combined mental energy of millions may indeed have some impact upon world events. After measuring the readouts from random number generators stationed all over the world for the past seven years, the group found spikes of decidedly non-random activity surrounding a number of world-shaking events like the 9/11 attacks and the Indian Ocean tsunami.

8ball2.gifSo what does this mean? "We may be able to predict that a major world event is going to happen," said the project manager, Roger Nelson, "but we won't know exactly what will happen or where it's going to happen." Just what the world needs: more anxiety about things we can't control. (I don't know about you guys, but I didn't need a seven-year study by Princeton parapsychologists to know that something bad is going to happen, somewhere in the world, at some point in the near future.)

Check out this interesting article for more on how the experiments work.

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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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