4 Things I Just Learned about Mr. Clean

1. He's Got a First Name

Mr. Clean was given a first name in 1962 thanks to the "Give Mr. Clean a First Name" promotion. Standouts like "Mean Jean Clean" "Sorta Clean" were passed over for the less funny: "Veritably."

2. While he's happy to help clean your lamp, he refuses to live in it

While the original drawing was intended to portray a Navy man, Mr. Clean is popularly perceived as a magical house-scrubbing genie. Aside from being a hero to legions of OCD , Wikipedia reports that he's also a popular icon in the gay community.

3. Europeans Find him Offensive

Genie or not, the European Parliament finds Mr. Clean offensive. And it's not the pine-fresh scent either. In 2008, the EP prodded P&G to change the image because it currently implies that only a muscular man has what it takes to take on grime and dirt.

4. One Look?

Please. Over the years, Mr. Clean has traded in his trademark undershirt and earrings costume for a number of looks. He's donned suits, portrayed a policeman (as a two-fisted Grimefighter), and he even sported facial hair when he testified in court against dirt.

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead

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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