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"Among all 90 belly buttons Dunn and his colleagues have studied so far, they have found 1400 species of bacteria, a number of which have never encountered on human bodies before." Carl Zimmer does some extreme navel gazing. (via Metafilter)
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Legends and traditions of storybook giants could have some basis in fact, if the species Gigantopithecus was actually a man and not an ape. Fortean Times looks at the possibility that the primate isn't even extinct.
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For years, we've had a chuckle at the Shed of the Year competition in the UK. This year's winning shed has the history and charm to draw interest on its own merits -plus music! (via Breakfast Links)
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Outfit skateboarders with paint-spraying devices under their boards and let them loose in an empty pool, and what do you get? A human Spirograph!
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People are more likely to change their behavior when they get immediate feedback and the ability to change that feedback in real time. Feedback loops give us a sense of control, like how we make the radar speed sign change as we drive.
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An old fireworks safety video gets a makeover with a new soundtrack: The 1812 Overture. Exploding heads and flying limbs can be entertaining -when they are from plastic mannequins.
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The world's most unusual vending machines. If there's any reason you can't sell your product in a vending machine now, someone will eventually come up with a way to do it.
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Gulags: Then and Now. Thankfully, the "now" part of a set of abandoned place photos.

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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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