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Twisted Takes on Classic Cartoon Characters

Though most cartoons have never taken themselves too seriously -- consider last week's jaw-dropping Simpsons intro, directed by Banksy -- classic children's cartoon characters still seem to be hallowed ground. Which is exactly, I suspect, why CollegeHumor hired some very talented animators to parody them.

First, I give you ConquistaDora the Explorer. "Which disease-infected blanket should I give to the natives? The one with smallpox, chicken pox, or measles?" And so on.

Or there's the slightly tasteless but funny Pinnochio Has Gender Issues:

Do you love cartoon bears? Who doesn't! This cartoon explores what would happen if your favorite cartoon bears acted like real bears. Be warned: multiple maulings!

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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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