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The anxiety of a generation may be defined by the "fear of missing out." or FOMO. Not being in on something everyone else is into can make you feel dumb, but being in on everything can wear you out.
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The 13 Most Useful College Majors might make you feel better about investing years of work in a degree. These career paths have either great projected growth, or income, or both.
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BYU engineering students developed a new kind of grappling hook inspired by the film The Dark Knight. How cool is it to do your research by watching a Batman movie over and over?
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President Obama made a guest appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon from UNC. He was there to "slow jam" the news with Fallon and Tariq Trotter.
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Even funnier than the silly game Octodad (in which an octopus poses as a human) is the variety of glitches recorded during the animation development. This may induce nausea or possibly some weird hypnotic state.
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The bar has been raised for the ultimate pizza mashup with Pizza Hut's new Cheeseburger Crown Crust Pizza. The pizza-surrounded-by-cheeseburgers is being test marketed only in the Middle East.
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The first drawing of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is now up for auction. In 1983, Kevin Eastman drew it for a laugh that turned into a multimillion-dollar franchise.
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Buying stock in Facebook during its IPO sounds like a sure bet -at first. The social network is so big already that continued growth seems difficult, if not impossible.
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7 Wildly Successful People Who Survived Bankruptcy. These folks are exceptions to the rule, however, so don't try this at home.

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What Koalas and Humans Have in Common
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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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