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Weekend Genius Challenge #24: 12 Going on 35

As promised, the Weekend Genius Challenge returns this week with a visual stumper. The graphic below contains 12 images that have something in common. Your job is to figure out what that "something" is. The order of the entries isn't important, nor is their position within the grid.

If you're the first to figure it out, you'll win a T-shirt of your choice from the mental_floss online store. Just put your guess in a comment and send it on. (Comments must be moderated, so they won't show up right away.) You can enter as many times as you like, but please put each guess in its own comment. Good luck!

 

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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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