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The Late Movies: Time Lapses and Amazing Transformations

It's become a kind of meme on YouTube of late: projects in which people document themselves over long periods of time and then compress the footage -- or series of stills -- so that their aging, or weight loss/gain, or what-have-you over the course of years is squeezed into just a few minutes. The results are often mesmerizing.

Here's an interesting variation on the time-lapse theme which just went viral -- a man who videotaped himself giving annual "personal progress reports" at the end of every year. He started in the late 70s and is still at it.

A fellow named Noah was one of the first to do this, a few years back.

Here's a much faster progression -- two and a half years in just two minutes.

You thought that was fast? Try 15 years in 15 seconds:

5 months of beard growth in one minute:

Almost definitely more interesting than a middle aged guy aging 15 years is a baby aging 10 years. They grow up so fast!

Anyone who finds morphing creepy will definitely find this 41 year transformation creepy:

And finally, just to remind us of what all this time-lapsing inevitably leads to, here's some lapsed footage of vegetables decomposing.

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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.

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