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January 25th, 2008

An Illustrated History of Trepanation. The illustrations aren't as bad as you might think, but it's still not for the squeamish.
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The Wonderful World of Early Computing. Humans were crunching numbers with the aid of gadgets thousands of years before computer chips!
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Circular Altruism: a look at the mathematical formulas of human choices. This will make you think.
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A medical breakthrough may allow transplant patients to live without anti-rejection drugs. Essentially, they are getting a transplant of the donor's immune system as well as the organ.
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Check out this collection of 13 very different pool designs. Just don't tap dance in the glass-bottom pools!
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Understanding art for geeks. 44 famous works of art from paulthewineguy includes additions of html, emoticons, and other computer-based elements.
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Dolphins making and playing with bubble rings. Beautiful and amazing.
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20 Foods To Snack On For Enhanced Productivity. These would probably be good all together in a bowl.
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A big flock of cranes. The building boom in Dubai is breaking records for construction equipment.

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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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