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The Sad Business of Door-to-Door Magazine Sales. The sob story they give you at the door is nothing compared to what really goes on!
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Fish can communicate with sound. A researcher named Bass finds that our aquatic ancestors passed this skill to land animals, including humans.
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Where Does He Get Those Wonderful Toys? A look at The Dark Knight's real-world gadgets.
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Godzilla makes Sierpinski cookies. Nom nom nom.
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Take a look at how our world compares to other heavenly bodies. This should make you feel kind of small.
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Al Gore issues a challenge: Can the US switch to totally renewable energy sources in ten years? Yes, if we want to badly enough.
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Remember Beanie Babies? A whole generation grew up with toys they weren't allowed to take the tags off of.

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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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