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Brain Game: Hardware Wars

I visited a local hardware store today and bough popcorn and diet soda... not typical hardware store purchases. But today's Brain Game IS about something you'd likely buy at a hardware store. Try this one on for size:

You visit a local hardware store for a particular purchase.
The clerk tells you that 6 would be $1.50
and that 12 will cost you $3, but adds that
he'd be happy to sell you 9680 for only $6.

What is it that you're buying?

See the answer here.

Answer: House address numbers. They sell for $1.50 each, so they're probably the stick-on type.

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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.

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