Our Next Book Giveaway: Museums in the 21st Century

There are 333 comments under yesterday's town slogan contest, and I'm going to let the entries keep trickling in for a few days. Maybe we can get the art department involved in mocking up town signs for the winning slogans next week. (Plus I want to see how this Bakersfield-Fresno feud plays out.) In the meantime, let's kick off another challenge.

Tonight's prize is Museums in the 21st Century. With a retail price of $60, it's most likely the most valuable book we'll be dangling in front of you, and we can't just give it away. So tonight, you're all freelance publishing consultants.

Like every other magazine, we've been chatting a lot about convincing more people to subscribe. More subscribers = more publishers willing to send us books for these giveaways = freebies for all (well, some). Let me pose the question to all of you "“ what would you do to help boost subscription numbers for mental_floss magazine?

If you'd rather take a more direct approach and boost subscription numbers yourself, here's the page with all the details.

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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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