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January 11th, 2008

The Placebo Effect in Weight Loss. Hotel maids lost weight only after they were told their jobs made them adequately active.
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Are self-help books just moneymaking scams? Their usefulness varies, so keep in mind that today's advice may be proven wrong tomorrow.
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New Genetic Link To Autism Discovered By Studying Speech. Expect this study to be vociferously attacked and defended in the next few weeks.
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Dancing on Crutches. This video clip starts off pretty slow, but give it a few seconds. Eventually his footwork almost hypnotizes you.
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The game Untangle challenges you to simply fix the lines so that they do not cross. Simply? Ha!
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Apes got talent! Ten videos of gorillas, chimps, and orangutans getting down.
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The Stars Wars Guide to the Candidates. The 2008 presidential candidates are each linked with his/her Star Wars equivalent.
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Feed your brain: Some recommended podcasts you should try out.

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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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