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"Don't piss away half your money, head to Half.com."

During the loudest stage of the dot-com boom came perhaps the first urinal cake advertisement. While funny and memorable, Half.com was only playing to half the crowd. They needed to look outside the loo.

So they decided to buy a town.

In 1999, for a little cash and some computers, Halfway, Oregon, became Half.com. Population 337.

Not all new Half.comers were pleased. Carpenter Bruce Honeyman said it best, to The New York Times: "Everything in the world seems to be going into Internet lingo. It's crazy and ridiculous."

Six months and a forest of press coverage later, eBay bought Half.com "“ the company, not the sleepy village "“ for $312.8 million.

But what happens after the years have gone by, the founders have cashed out, and the novelty has worn off? Design Observer has done the digging, and has the second half of the story.

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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.

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