After Christmas, Some Lions, Tigers and Leopards Would Love To Rub Up On Your Unwelcome Christmas Tree.

The pine scent drives the big cats nuts. We’ve done our job and have given you a way to recycle your formerly loved Christmas tree. It’s now up to you to locate a neighbor with lions, tigers and leopards. [Neatorama]

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From The ‘Why The?’ And ‘What The?’ File: Artist Cai Guo-Qiang Will Blow Up A Pine Tree On The National Mall.

Cai Guo-Qiang blows up a 40 ft pine tree in the National Mall.That’s right, art is kicking Jubbling in the middle again because nothing says art like blowing up a 40′ pine tree with fireworks. This time it’s the work of artist Cai Guo-Qiang and is part of an art series celebrating 50 Years of Art in Embassies. Here’s the plan (from the Washington City Paper):

“Using 2,000 firework-like explosives, Guo-Qiang will take the pine tree through three pyrotechnic stages: The tree will first be covered in yellow and white sparkles of light. The lights will spread throughout the tree, simulating twinkling Christmas lights. Then the tree will explode in a cloud of black smoke, leaving a “negative” smoke image that resembles a Chinese ink painting drifting off into the wind. The idea is for the tree-shaped smoke to create the image of two trees—as seen in Guo-Qiang’s sketch.”

The big wasteful display is taking place tonight and fortunately I won’t be within 4500 clicks of the event. Watch out moon – your next. [City Paper via Grist]



Update: Dec 1, 2012 The 40′ pine tree execution went off as planned.

Now this tree is growing? Hopefully, the perplexed audience walked away from this performance art thinking instead that “once this tree was growing.”

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Christmas Tree Made From Books

Christmas Tree Made From Books

Final score:

    Christmas tree made from books = 1
    $6.99 used Goodwill Christmas tree = 0.

[My Modern Met via Grist]

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RIP (Almost) Potted Living Christmas Tree 2004-2011. Is A Plastic Tree Next? Is That Jubbling?

Potted Once Living Christmas TreeThe day finally arrived – after 7 years delivering a little holiday magic, we decided to retire our sparse but well-loved Potted Living Christmas Tree to give it a chance to recover. I dropped the ball this summer and didn’t water Potted Living Christmas Tree the 4 weeks we had sun. It’s now on life-support and has lost more than half of its pine needles due to missed waterings. Bringing it inside would probably be the last straw. My kids will miss the potted tree but the wife, not so much. Only being able to keep the Potted Living Christmas Tree inside for 2 weeks wasn’t enough (my next wife won’t mind) so she was also against getting a living replacement. Plastic tree? Isn’t that the anti-Jubbling? It doesn’t have to be.

There are many articles out there on what to buy and we posted one about our Potted Living Christmas Tree. I’ve read them and most recommend going with a real tree because it can be recycled. That’s when I realized that a plastic tree can be recycled too if you buy it used. So I packed up two of my kids and headed over to the local Goodwill.

Used Plastic Christmas TreeAt the front of the store, looking like the fraternity rejects in Animal House, we had a selection of used plastic trees to choose from. All priced $24.99 or less, we searched around and finally a $6.99 beauty caught my eye. So I asked the kids if they thought it would work and after a pause, they both said “sure, it would work.”

I was very proud of my $6.99 purchase and with lights and ornaments, the tree doesn’t look that bad. Even my first wife is happy. I had to tell anyone that would listen about my great deal and my mom was the first to hear about it. Her response: “I would’ve given you mine for free and you could’ve saved $6.99.” My next mom won’t say that.

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