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The Late Movies: Fictional Bands

Do you have a song that just pops in your head sometimes? Even if you haven't heard it for weeks or months? A few weeks ago, "That Thing You Do," the theme from the movie of the same name weaseled its way into my brain and my toes have been tapping ever since. When I was a young gal, I remember being devastated to learn that the Wonders weren't a real band, but a creation of Tom Hanks' imagination. Here, listen to "That Thing You Do," plus other songs from fictional bands.

Barry Jive and the Uptown Five

High Fidelity

The Wonders

That Thing You Do

Zack Attack

Saved by the Bell

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Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

The Muppet Show

Jesse and the Rippers

Full House

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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.

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