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The Missing Links: Escape From Alcatraz - 50 Years Later

Gene Wilder Lives In A World of Pure Imagination
How else could you explain his inspired idea for Willy Wonka’s grand entrance?

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This Town Is F#%king Expensive
The going rate for uttering a verbal bomb in Middleborough, Massachusetts is $20. Choose your words carefully.

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Running From The Rock
Fifty years ago yesterday Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin pulled off an insanely brazen and meticulously-planned escape from the United States Penitentiary on Alcatraz Island. And then they just... vanished. A long-running legend claimed they would return yesterday on the five decade anniversary of their breakout.

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Photo Chopping Before Photoshop'ing
How were celebrity photographs manipulated before Photoshop and other image editing software made it so easy to cut, crop, adjust, blend, smooth and shave away unwanted elements?

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How Southwest Continues to Fly High
When all of the other airlines seem to be crashing and burning, how does Southwest continue to turn a profit?

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2025 Could Be a Very Bad Year
If you believe a recently released study, that’s the year that the current rate of natural resource consumption will really start to be felt. And by “felt” I’m referring to “extinctions and unpredictable changes on a scale not seen since the glaciers retreated 12,000 years ago.” Oh good lord.

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June 12, 1987: Ronnie’s Ultimatum
Twenty-five year ago today, President Reagan flatly demanded: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

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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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