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It's a sexannual* tradition — on behalf of the internet side of the office, I take the magazine staff to lunch to discuss the next issue. At our last installment, Managing Editor Jessanne asked me to ask you to send us some letters. Real mail, email, a comment, tweets, whatever. Something about the latest issue. Some life-changing (or just kinda cool) connection you made because of mental_floss. Preferably not a photo of you reading the magazine in your bathroom. We've got plenty of those should we decide to open a gallery.

If we publish your letter, we'll send you a free mental_floss t-shirt. You can email us (letters@mentalfloss.com) or send mail to the following address:

mental_floss magazine
Attn: Jessanne Collins

55 West 39th Street
5th Floor
New York, NY 10018

For drive-by wit and/or wisdom, you can get at us on Twitter, too — @mental_floss.

* I realize "bimonthly" would work just as well in this context — a realization I had not come to before sending out the inaugural email invite ("I want to start a sexannual tradition.") I'm lucky anyone showed up.

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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.

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