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The 80 million people of the Baby Boom generation are both blamed and credited for the way America is today. And they still have a chance to save or destroy the economy.
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George Lucas Stole Chewbacca, But It’s Okay. The external origins of all the other Star Wars characters have been explored thoroughly; now it's Chewie's turn. (via Boing Boing)
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Dictaphone Parcel. A running tape recorder is sent through the mail, and the journey is recreated in animation by using the sounds gathered along the way.
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The 100 Worst Songs Ever (with audio). The fun part of lists like this is 1) recalling the songs you wanted to forget and 2) suggesting the songs the listmaker "forgot". (via Gorilla Mask)
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You'd think that organic farming would be a good thing for the environment, but when you crunch the numbers, it's not that simple. After all, how many acres does it take to feed the world?
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For your daily dose of cute, watch a hungry kitten eat and a turtle bully several house cats. Sometimes being small has its own power.
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How Do Painkillers Find & Kill Pain? Believe it or not, our bodies them them where to go.

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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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