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Man Builds a Time Warp to the 1800s in His Basement

The basement in most homes is crammed with mountains of dusty old toys, clothes, holiday decorations and all other types of broken, forgotten or useless clutter.

John Scapes decided to go another way with his basement – transforming it into a living, breathing slice of Americana. Over the past three decades, the Chicago-area resident has been building a staggeringly authentic 1895-era Main Street beneath his single family home – complete with a barber shop, general store, post office and a fully-functioning workshop where he builds everything by hand.

Check out his impressive creation in the video below:

What would your dream basement contain?

(Via Unique Daily)

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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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