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What to Do When the Power Goes Out. Or better yet, what to do now to be prepared for such an event.
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Five Modern Technologies That Might Not Be So Modern. Is there ever anything new under the sun?
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Campbell's monkeys have six basic sounds they make in the wild, but they can string these six sounds together in ways that mean many different things. Which is more amazing, that monkeys have a language, or that we can translate it?
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Watch this illusion from different angles. Does it keep changing on you like it did me?
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Soviet Star Wars. The real story behind how close the Soviets got to a space-based missile system.
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Tricks and Traps in the Credit Card Game. Even responsible users can get burned if you let your guard down. (via Consumerist)
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Rwandan Grand Prix. No need to let a little thing like lack of a car keep you from drag racing.
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Thank God It's Friday: 7 Reasons to Love Dragnet. Not that I really needed any extra reasons besides I always liked it.

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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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