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January 4th, 2008

Ride Accidents compiles horror stories of bad things that can happen in a theme park or carnival. Warning: can cause nightmares.
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Doll Face: A machine wants to be human it sees on TV. It's a statement about vanity and desire, but it's also weird and fun to watch.
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Move over, Cambrian explosion! Scientists have identified an earlier period of lifeform diversification they call the Avalon explosion.
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7 Essential Tips to Make 2008 Your Best Year Ever. Print this out and stick it to the wall, because you don't want to forget them by February.
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This guy shaves his beard off with his fingers! OK, its a stop-motion video, but it's still pretty cool.
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What home can one million dollars buy? A tiny one-bedroom apartment in New York, london, or Paris; a complete villa in Egypt. And probably half my town.
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A video montage of messy kids. You can laugh, because they're not your kids!
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Ten Reasons why Teddy Roosevelt is the Coolest President Ever. Besides that big stick he carried.

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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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