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That's right, after 5 years of hard labor at the Floss Factory, the mental_floss cover team is ready for a breather. In fact, for just one cover, we'd love to sit on the bench and watch as our fans lend a hand in the process. That's why mental_floss has teamed up with the folks at Worth1000.com (a.k.a. the Rolls Royce of Photoshopping Contests), to let you design our cover. The theme of the issue is The Future (the future of medicine, the future of the environment, the future of education, etc.), and if you submit the cleverest design of the bunch, there's actually a paycheck in your future. mental_floss is going to make the winner of the contest $500 richer, and give out prize packages to the top 3 runners-up. Plus, all the winners will be featured on the website and in the magazine. So, go ahead and enter already! And if we like your cover enough, you might just see it on the newsstands.

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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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