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The Amazing Fact Generator has always been pretty amazing, but it's only getting better as more and more facts roll in. My pet project this weekend is going to be inventing an automated mouse clicker so I can stare at the screen for hours and absorb the Generator's knowledge without having to move my finger.
What could drive a man to such depravity? Mental snacks like the one above. If you want to see what all the fuss is about, go have a look. And if you want to get in on the action, we're still looking for amazing facts about detectives (real or fictional) for this week's Amazing Fact Contest and we're giving away a copy of The Official Nancy Drew Handbook in return for the most amazing one. You can get the full rundown and all the rules from my last post.

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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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