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Death Star Popcorn Maker Shoots Out Snacks Instead of Lasers

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Just in time for your Star Wars movie marathon: The Death Star popcorn maker promises to make a hefty bowl of popcorn in minutes (and it will look great next to your R2-D2 French press and Darth Vader nutcracker).

To get started, simply take off the top, which doubles as a popcorn bowl. Then, scoop in the desired amount of popcorn kernels with the included tool, turn on the device, and watch as your snack comes flying out of the air chute. The Death Star popcorn maker uses hot air to cook the kernels instead of butter or oil so it promises healthier, guilt-free popcorn.

It can hold about half a cup of unpopped kernels, which makes eight cups of cooked popcorn. You can pick one up on ThinkGeek for $50 or check out its R2-D2 branded counterpart.

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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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