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April 7th, 2008

9 things to stop worrying about right now. Because, you know, worrying will make your hair turn gray.
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When most people experiment with recreational drugs, they are breaking the law. When well known research labs experiment with marijuana and LSD, they get published.
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The new hi-tech racing swimsuits aren't what you'd call attractive, but they are helping swimmers set records. The LZR Racer was developed with help from NASA.
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In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop. It's strange to see my life described so well in the New York Times.
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The game is called You Have to Burn the Rope. The song at the end is your reward.
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Cell Phone Bacteria
. Half of you will start cleaning your cell phone after watching this. The other half should.
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The origin of the Olympic torch relay. It's neither as old nor as benign as you might have thought.
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A "truly tragic streetlamp". How the Eiffel Tower came to be.

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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.

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