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What Makes a Great Teacher? Teach for America shares their findings on what the most effective teachers have that others don't. (via YesButNoButYes)
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First-Person Tetris rotates when you do. About the time you think you've figured it out, the dizziness starts to set in. (via Boing Boing)
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100 Skills Everyone Should Master (with links for some). Outside of dancing socially and typing, I've pretty much got this one licked. (via Nag on the Lake)
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Top 10 Badasses of the World's Special Forces. No surprise that five of them belong to the United States. (via Gorilla Mask)
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Fictional Drugs in Movies and Television. There will always be a supply of these because they can make any outlandish plot work.
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Worst Life Ever: The Story of Kazuyuki Fujita's Skull. Even if you're not interested in mixed martial arts, you'll want to read this for the hysterical hyperbole and magnificent metaphors.
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The Origins of Your Favorite Video Game Friends. Meaning the characters in the games, not the guys who hung out at the college arcade.

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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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