Three Things I Didn't Know About Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!

Like I said yesterday, my mind is overflowing with random facts. I'll be pouring some out here, subject by subject, three at a time. Today's subject is the 1987 Nintendo game Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!

"¢ Soda Popinski first appeared in Super Punch-Out!! in 1984, where he was known as Vodka Drunkenski. While his new name was more politically correct, some of his quotes between rounds were very consistent with his old raging alcoholic persona ("I can't drive, so I'm gonna walk all over you!")

"¢ After Nintendo's contract with Mike Tyson expired, the game was re-released as Punch-Out!! with Tyson replaced by Mr. Dream. From Dreamland. His fighting style was exactly the same as Iron Mike's.

"¢ The theme music for Von Kaiser, Great Tiger and Super Macho Man is taken from "Ride of the Valkyries."

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead

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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