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A Brief History of the Etch A Sketch

Everybody's been talking about the Etch A Sketch since Mitt Romney's communications director suggested the candidate would be resetting his campaign after the primaries:

"Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all of over again."

While you could argue that all candidates reset their campaigns before the general election, Romney's reputation as a flip-flopper made this easy for his opponents to pounce on. (Rick Santorum's deputy communications director Matt Beynon tweeted out the photo above.)

But we're not here to talk about campaign minutiae. Let's talk about toy history minutiae! Here's an article Matt Soniak wrote a couple years ago: How Does an Etch A Sketch Work?

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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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