Name This Column

We're launching a new column next week. Think 'Feel Art Again,' but instead of focusing on famous paintings, the series will find fascinating facts about random foods. (Trust me, it'll be good. Allison Keene will be your host, with photos from Johanna Beyenbach.)

Problem is, the column needs a name. Got any ideas?

I wanted to reward the winner with a $20 shopping spree at the Manhattan Fruit Exchange (above), but that prize structure presents two problems. First, it's unlikely your hometown has a Manhattan Fruit Exchange. Second, I've been told it's illegal to mail food. (Even if we get all rebellious and ship it anyway, your prize could spoil or attract flies.) So instead of exotic pears and tasty blueberries, the winner will receive a free mental_floss t-shirt. That is, unless the winner happens to be in Manhattan and wants to exercise the free fruit option.

Start your guessing. We'll pick a winner on Friday.

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead

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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