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First Annual Flossy Awards

There's a piece in the current (June) issue of the Harvard Business Review on the scarcity of exceptionally creative minds in which Daniel J. Socolow, director of the MacArthur Fellows Program, says, "Creative people we look at have often ruffled a few feathers along the way," "“ in other words: don't expect the creative types to be the most popular. Apparently, they're generally not the best at promoting themselves, either. "Don't assume that you can figure out who your creative people are all by yourself," he says. "Listen to others and look in the least likely places."

Here at the _floss, we love and respect creativity, too. And though we can't give you a $500,000 MacArthur, we can give you a Flossy - otherwise known as serious SERIOUS braggin' rights with a whole post devoted to you.

So go ahead and nominate yourself or someone else in the comments below. Know someone who's done something so wildly creative he/she/you deserve(s) a Flossy? [I posted this late last week -- but am throwing it up again in case you missed it. Contest ends today, so if you're going to nominate, there's still time!]

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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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