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Morning Cup of Links: Defenestration

What it's like to live on food stamps as your only source of income. When welfare is limited and jobs are scarce, those least able to weather the storm are going to fall through the cracks. (via Casaubon's Book)
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Alphabet Shoot. Shoot letters with letters, but the real enemy in this game is physics (and your frustration threshold).
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Ten things that will influence your level of conformity. But remember, those things are influencing everyone else to conform as well.
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Spaghetti With Eyes. More than you ever wanted to know about eels.
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Defenestration means throwing something out the window. It's also a 13-year-old art project in San Francisco that features furniture on the outside of a building which may be torn down.
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I think you've got a leak in your ceiling. You don't know what could fall through that hole!
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Several authors give their personal top ten rules for writing fiction. And more as well. More than one have a rule that you shouldn't follow someone else's rules. (via The Daily What)
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The Lost Towns of Russia. Ghostly memories of the Soviet Union survive in photos of urban decay.

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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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