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October 10, 2007

King Tut's mummy is to be displayed for the first time next month in Luxor. The public can look at his bare face and finally see if he was buried in his jammies.

The weird things amoebas do for the survival of the species. Cooperation, division of labor, altruism... we are talking about amoebas, aren't we?

The most brilliant inventions of 2007. If you invent anything in the last three months of the year, you won't be on the list.

Astronomers Find Dust in the Wind of Black Holes. This makes me want to rethink what a black hole really is, but all I hear is a Kansas song.

Classic drum battle: Animal vs. Buddy Rich. You'll enjoy this even if you aren't familiar with either of them!

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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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