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When Christmas Decoration is a Full-Contact Sport

A modest proposal for dealing with holiday-related injuries

In a recent New Yorker look at holiday-related decorating injuries, Ben Wellington, a professor at the Pratt Institute, warns that every year around 15,000 people check into the ER as a direct result of yuletide mishap. These seasonal blunders include everything from stepladder spills to string-light electrocutions to giant candy cane bludgeonings. There was also this one guy who apparently kept trying to eat his tree ornaments.

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Buckets are the New Pumpkins

Do you annually waste nourishing squash flesh on bourgeois porch displays? Jettison the traditional jack-o’-lantern with this one simple trick

Illustration by Ben Sanders

They say the first jack-o’-lanterns were carved from turnips centuries ago, carried through the evening by Halloween revelers or left in windows to ward off restive spirits. But caught up in the eerie proceedings and unmatched joy of carving root vegetables, these superstitious louts and lasses—likely drunk on elderberry wine and logy from eating too much lamb—were unknowingly summoning another kind of evil, one that would come back year after year to haunt the world for generations on end. I’m talking, of course, about the horrors of Halloween food waste.

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The Real Implications of Detroit’s $500 Houses

Sometimes the Rent is Too Damn Low

Perhaps you’ve heard of the mythical $500 Detroit house. Plagued by years of blight, desolation, and grim economic deterioration, the story goes, Motor City homes have become nearly worthlesspoverty porn for coastal snobs, or fodder for urban yuppie real estate fixer-upper fantasies. One could see how this kind of deal might seem pretty enviable from cramped quarters in San Francisco or Brooklyn, but it’s important to understand what a price tag that low symbolizes.

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