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Top 5 Stories Originally Posted This Week

1. 8 Bookstore Cats, by Miss Cellania

2. Sly Stallone Pudding & 7 More Unique Celebrity Products, by Mario Marsicano

3. 6 Lost Works That Finally Turned Up, by Adrienne Crezo

4. 8 Library Cats, by Miss Cellania

5. Where Are They Now? Dot-Com CEOs, by Mario Marsicano

Top 5 Most Commented Stories

1. What Was Your Clique? by David Israel

2. Who Was Your Favorite Teacher? by Ransom Riggs

3. The Quick 10: 10 Variations on Tetris, by Stacy Conradt

4. The Quick 10: It Was 42 Years Ago Today..., by Stacy Conradt

5. A Brief History of Music Television, by Kara Kovalchik

[New Rule: Stories on the 'Most Popular' list have been omitted from the 'Most Commented' chart.]

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5 Other Things We Learned

1. The difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

2. How globes are made.

3. Sisters are scientifically better than brothers.

4. Bob Dole was a soda jerk.

5. Daniel Wilson is a trivia whiz.

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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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