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September 20, 2007

NASA is looking for 10-15 new astronauts. Must be willing to ride a Russian spacecraft, since the space shuttle program will be retired in three years.

Chuck Feeney gave away 4 billion dollars to good causes and didn't even tell anyone. Now that he's been outed, he's not going to stop.

The World's Largest Mouse Invasion: 100 Million Mice, $70 Million in Damages. It happened in Australia in 1993. This video is not for the squeamish.

Kiplinger's had launched a new site to teach you the basics of money. Whether you have any or not, you'll learn something useful.

The Adventures of Mr. Fly. No flies were harmed in the making of this photo essay, because I'm pretty sure they were already dead.

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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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