The Late Movies: I Love Lucy

Saturday, August 6th is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Lucille Désirée Ball. Lucy made many movies and TV shows, but will always be best known for the 1951-1957 TV series I Love Lucy. Here are a few memorable clips from the show, in addition to the grape stomping, Vitameatavegemin, Harpo Marx, and Superman clips that were posted earlier today. See them here.

Candy Wrapping

Lucy and Ethel get a job in a candy factory. With a conveyor belt.

Lucy is Pregnant

And here she breaks the news to Ricky. Lucy's on-screen pregnancy (which was real) was a first in television.

The Eggs

This live scene in front of a studio audience led to the longest laugh in TV history. And the actors just vamped until the audience recovered.

The Fur Coat

From season one, Lucy gets hold of a fur coat meant for someone else by accident. It's real, but Lucy thinks it's fake. The coat in this scene is a fake, but Ricky thinks its the real one. *


Lucy makes herself a dress and gives herself a perm to save money.*

Lucy in Paris

Lucy is arrested in Paris, and neither she nor Ricky speak the language. *

California Here I Come

When the Ricardos went to California for Ricky's big break, the Mertzes had to go, too.*

Tennessee Ernie Ford

Lucy plays a "wicked city woman" to scare the poor country bumpkin.*

A Classic Blooper

But it was Desi who did it. These things happen when you broadcast live, and a professional just recovers and goes on. "Oh f...ine!" And most people never even knew it was a mistake.

The Looks of Lucy

Lucille Ball spent 56 years in front of the camera. She made so many movies and TV shows that they are difficult to count. Lucy was also a producer and TV executive, and practically invented the concept of the syndicated rerun. She died in 1989.

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead

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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