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Let’s Save These 11 Places, Shall We?
On this day of amazing lists of 11 here at mental_floss, it seems fitting to share another notable compilation of that number. Here National Geographic presents a photo rundown of the 11 Most Endangered U.S. Historic Places.

Also, I checked out the Wikipedia page for the number eleven - I've got the time - and thought it was curious that right after mentioning that the number eleven is the “natural number following 10 and preceding 12,” it mentions that it is “the first number which cannot be counted with a human's ten fingers”. I should point out that some humans actually can count to it.

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Bert & Ernie: A Model of Human Behavior
Who knew these two Felix & Oscar roommates were actually a perfect summation of the entire dynamic of human tendencies and interaction?

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Have No Fear, the Last Moment Robot Is Here to Soothe You Right Into Death
I know it's just a design project, but it breaks my heart to think some people could need this.

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"I can't really explain it, except to say that I felt like I was being watched.”
So what exactly went down in the sleepy little city of Zanesville, Ohio, late last year when the disgruntled owner of an insane menagerie of exotic animals decided to let them all loose? Here is a well-documented account of what occurred. This article is a few months old, but still a great read.

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If You Spot A Glass Bottle With A Deck of Cards Inside, It Belongs to You
So goes the Send Wonder project.

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My Wes Anderson Quota Is Now Filled
At the risk of including a third Wes Anderson mention in little over a month, I’m including my third Wes Anderson mention in a little over a month. I don’t even like Wes Anderson all that much. I really liked Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums. But I don’t like his work “three-times-in-a-little-over-a-month”’s worth.

What I do really, really love is anything that goes on behind the scenes of a movie. That’s why these are awesome. And why I love this website.

So, with that in mind, I’m now offering up my third Wes Anderson link in a little over a month. Because this video revisiting the locations from Rushmore is great. I beg forgiveness from anyone that hates yellow block lettering, oddly difficult-to-nail-down time periods or Owen Wilson.

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What Koalas and Humans Have in Common
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There's something strange about koala fingerprints. Read more bizarre koala facts here.

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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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