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What were your favorite literary characters intended to look like? Casting directors will have their own ideas that sometimes do (and many times don't) add up with what we imagined in our minds. But what did the authors intend? "The Composites" takes literary descriptions and plugs them into law enforcement software to get an idea of the faces as described. Very weird and definitely in the uncanny valley!
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It may not be near Halloween, but it is dark and wintry, and a good time to snuggle up reading about the 10 Most Terrifying Places on Earth (eeeek!)
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For my fellow weather nerds (or anybody looking to get the most accurate forecasts), Slate did a thoughtful piece on one of my favorite sites, Weather Underground, and how they have built the most comprehensive "micro" weather site in America. (Side note: I used the Readability link because I LOVE Readability - it's free and amazing for browsing news!)
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Nostalgia time: here are 48 pictures from the 90s that perfectly capture the decade. Big thanks to my friend Ryan for these, who said "My favorite is probably Madonna, Sting and 2pac at dinner together." For me it's probably the Lisa Frank shout out. Maybe JTT.
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Or, going back even further, how about a look at skateboarding in New York in the 1960s? I give people grief for having selective amnesia about the "good times" in the past, but this really does look like a pretty good time all around.
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This video of a historic bridge being demolished in mere seconds is cool … and then a little sad. For all of the planning and work and struggle that goes into building a bridge, it's astonishing how quickly it can be turned to dust!
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So … what exactly happens to the Coke in Coca-Cola? (And as a side-note, the beverage was invented by Dr. Pemberton in my hometown of Columbus, Georgia, not Atlanta! Though Dr. Pemberton did move there and that's when it really took off. It's a point of pride for Columbus, I can't just let it slip!)
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From the Department of Procrastination: strange physics-based interactive objects to play around with - you can click "random" at the top bar for more!
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For those of you who have watched multiple HBO shows (or in my case … all of them …) you'll probably notice quite a few familiar faces. You can thank the "HBO Recycling Program" (in the form of a handy interactive chart) for that - or some very smart casting directors who know how to hang on to talent! And completely unintentionally, I seem to have brought things full circle.
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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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