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Jen Singer thinks candy companies should help out beleaguered families in popular trick-or-treat areas. I live in one of those now, and figure on running out of candy within half an hour.
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A List of Halloween Horror Movies and TV Show Marathons. My kids will be on sugar overload, fighting over the Travel Channel vs. Cartoon Network.
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Stephen Hawking writes about life with ALS. His main complaint is that his speech synthesizer speaks with an American accent.
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A guy gets revenge on a cat who always sleeps on his car. I laughed, then felt terribly guilty, then I laughed again.
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20 Wonders of the Microscopic World. These photographs are the winners of the Nikon Small World Competition.
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Black market real estate? Is that even possible? Yes, and it's the most efficient way to buy land in Bangalore, India.
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What can you possibly do with a dozen pumpkins? Lots more than just carve a jack-o-lantern!

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What Koalas and Humans Have in Common
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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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