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Songs to get you motivated!

"You can do it!" "Reach for the stars!" "Never give up!" These and other motivational platitudes echo endlessly through the cubicles and classrooms of modern-day America, in mind-numbing lectures, posters and songs. At work or in school, they blend seamlessly into the background, but out of context -- on YouTube, for instance -- some of them become miraculously, inexplicably ... awesome. Let's take a magical mystery tour of some of the best motivational music the net has to offer.

BE SOMEBODY by Mr. T
T delivers a rap-lecture to a ragtag bunch of street-wise city kids: be somebody! But is T really the best role model?

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF by N'Sync
N'Sync takes their message to the street -- Sesame Street.

Much more after the jump.

WE ARE APPLE by Steven Jobs
Actually, unless Jobs also wrote the 80s classic "What a Feeling," which "We Are Apple" shamelessly rips off, he probably doesn't deserve cred. But back when Apple was battling IBM for survival -- circa the Mac rollout of 1984, when this corporate video was produced -- they certainly needed a motivational kick in the pants! Watch and laugh.

OH HAPPY DAY by Ernst & Young
Another corporate motivational song, jaw-dropping in its use of gospel stylings to motivate Ernst & Young employees: "Oh happy day / when Ernst & Young / showed me a better way!"

BEING THE BEST by Jim Wearne and James McDunn
The Jims have a bunch of motivational classics on their YouTube page, but this one is definitely required listening.

CHANGE by Professor Albert
I was on the fence about including this one, but the fact that it's a motivational song by an Albert Einstein impersonator -- this being mental_floss -- put it over the edge.

TREAT YOUR MOTHER RIGHT by Mr. T
It's not exactly motivational, but it might be the funniest thing I've seen on YouTube recently. When did T become such a nagging goody-goody?

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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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