Where Are They Now?

People love those 'Where are they now?' features, because the subjects being profiled have often fallen on hard times, which is occasionally hilarious. (Side note: people are mean.) Even though our former blog editor Mary Carmichael isn't running a banana stand or blogging for a porn site, here's an update.

Mary is back at Newsweek, writing cover stories and making small talk with editor Jon Meacham.

"¢ Read her recent story, The Changing Science of Pain. "Millions of aging boomers and the latest generation of wounded soldiers hope the secrets of our most enduring medical foe can finally be unlocked."

"¢ Read Jon Meacham talking about Mary's disastrous AP Biology massacre.

"¢ And check out a transcript of Mary chatting with readers about chronic pain. We need to start live chatting around here. The first one could be a discussion of what we would talk about in a live chat environment. Who's in?

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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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