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September 19, 2007

September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day! Avast, ye salty seadogs, ARRRRe ye up fer it?

Twelve-year-old's Homemade Paraglider Leads to Fame. Now, Cyril Mazibuko is South Africa's only black professional paraglider.

30 Code Words For Sugar. Remember these when you read food ingredient labels.

The IRS has unveiled a new website section for those undergoing foreclosure. Just one more indication that the bubble has indeed burst.

The World Beard & Moustache Championship Winners 2007. See first through third place winners in seventeen categories. Seventeen!

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What Koalas and Humans Have in Common
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There's something strange about koala fingerprints. Read more bizarre koala facts here.

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

[h/t Thrillist]

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