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January 1st, 2008

Take a good look at Planet Earth. How can you not love and want to protect this beautiful, awe-inspiring planet that we live on?
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The Top Ten Business Debacles of 2007. What's amazing about this year's list is that these screwups affected huge numbers of people.

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Crystal Island, the world's biggest building, is set to be built in Moscow within five years. The 27 million square foot interior will feature apartments, hotel rooms, a school, shopping, and over 16,000 parking spacecs.

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7 Technologies that will Save the Earth in 2008. If these can be made affordable, people will line up to use them.

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The Coin Jar Calculator. The easy way to figure out how much money you've dumped when you empty your pockets over time.

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2007: The Year in Cats. There were cute ones, silly ones, talented ones, and some that made headlines.

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Endangered species capital of the world. Hawaii is losing wildlife at the hands of those seeking paradise.

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PS: Happy New Year!

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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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