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How much can you know about a country from looking at its parking lots? Plenty, says filmmaker and self-proclaimed anthropologist of the American parking lot Jeff Krulik, who has spent twenty years treating them like cultural barometers. He started digging in 1986 with the now-classic Heavy Metal Parking Lot, in which he perfectly captures the hair-metal zeitgeist by asking an arena parking lot full of Judas Priest taligaters three simple questions: "What's your name?" "Where are you from?" "Does Priest rule?" Here's a short, but sublime, clip:

Realizing he was onto something, Krulik and co-filmmaker John Heyn eventually returned to the same suburban Maryland arena to shoot their insightful follow-up, Neil Diamond Parking Lot. A whole series of Parking Lots followed after the Trio network gave them a show -- highlights include 50 Cent Parking Lot and Phish Parking Lot.

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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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