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The Late Movies: Soap Opera Product Placement

It ain't easy being a soap opera in 2011. In April, ABC announced that two of its long-running soaps, All My Children and One Life to Live, were being canceled after more than 40 years on television. Some soaps are trying to increase their advertising dollars through product placement. Power to 'em, we say—while giggling at the pseudo-commercials. Check out some of the most desperate attempts below.

KY Warming Gel

Midol

Bing

Cheerios

Chex Mix

Wanchai Ferry

Rock Band 3

Nature Valley Granola

Frosted Flakes and Special K

Thanks to Urlesque and @kristenschaaled.

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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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