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If only all my blog titles could be Monty Python references. Perhaps that would reflect something beautiful -- and silly -- about the state of the world. Alas, this isn't funny at all: witchcraft, as parodied by the Pythons and decried by medieval Europeans, 17th century Puritans and other groups from history, is currently being cast out of children in modern-day Angola. According to the BBC, "healer" compounds that call themselves churches act as prisons for mentally ill or misbehaving young children, who are more often than not sent there by their parents. (Others are orphans produced by the country's 30-year civil war.) The similarity between the "cures" administered to these "bewitched" children and those inflicted upon historical victims in Salem and elsewhere is striking: kids are starved, chained to walls, beaten, drowned and otherwise abused.

Angola isn't the only African nation which has churches that subscribe to witchcraft: modern-day witch-hunts have also been reported in South Africa, Tanzania (where older women with red eyes are sometimes killed as suspected witches), the Congo and elsewhere. It's certainly happening in other parts of the world, too; strange to think that 400 years after Salem, women and children are still being targeted in this way.

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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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