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How to Turn a Pineapple Into a Halloween 'Pumpkin'

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While crisp air, falling leaves, and trips to the pumpkin patch are the stuff of Hallmark cards, they're certainly not characteristic of the universal fall experience. Whether you live in a beachy locale with more sun than squash plants or you’re simply not a fan of scooping strings and seeds, you might feel inclined to try out the new autumn trend that’s sweeping Instagram, according to Insider: carving pineapples into jack-o’-lanterns.

Whittling a pineapple into a glowing, grinning figure seems more complicated than it actually is. Instead of hollowing the fruit with a spoon, you’ll want to core the pineapple, either with a knife or a designated tool. Carving a miniature face into its side with a sharp paring knife shouldn’t be that difficult, either, as pineapple flesh—even with its prickly skin—is softer than pumpkin shell.

Once you’re finished, insert a tea light inside—we recommend the LED kind—and place your tropical buddy on your porch. All that’s left to do now is to whip up some tiki drinks. (Word to the wise: Pineapple jack-o’-lanterns won’t last as long as their more traditional counterparts, so hold off on carving until right before Halloween.)

We’ve rounded up some pineapple jack-o’-lantern inspiration for you below:

[h/t Insider]

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Listen to What Darth Vader Sounded Like On the Star Wars Set
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The voice of Darth Vader, provided by James Earl Jones, is one of the most iconic aspects of the original Star Wars movies. But James Earl Jones wasn't the actor wearing that outfit—it was British actor David Prowse, who was cast in part because he was huge (reportedly 6'5" and a former body-building champion).

George Lucas always intended to replace Prowse's voice, but it's still a bit of a shock to hear a muffled British voice coming out of Darth Vader's helmet. Here's video showing what Darth Vader sounded like on the set before James Earl Jones re-recorded the dialogue.

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A New Roller Coaster is Whizzing Through Colorado's Rocky Mountains
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There are plenty of ways to explore the majestic Rocky Mountains, but few offer the adrenaline rush of the Rocky Mountain Coaster, a brand-new roller coaster that sends riders soaring along the range’s natural twists and turns.

As Urban Daddy reports, the Rocky Mountain Coaster recently opened at Copper Mountain, a mountain and ski resort that’s located near the tiny town of Frisco, about 75 miles west of Denver. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the vacation spot is ideal for hikers, skiers, and mountain bikers. Now, visitors looking to enjoy the surrounding scenery without breaking a sweat can cruise for roughly a mile down to the resort’s high alpine Center Village.

The ride’s raised track “runs along the natural curvature of the mountain, with zigs, zags, dips, and 360-degree turns for guaranteed thrills,” according to a press release. Each personal car is equipped with manual hand brakes to control the ride’s pace, but the coaster does feature a 430-foot drop, so be careful with your phones while Instagramming the view.

The Rocky Mountain Coaster is open-year round, though it will initially mostly only be open on weekends. Solo rides cost $25, and a two-ride pass can be purchased for $35. (Resort guests get an exclusive discount.)

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