13 fun Grinch-themed Christmas decorations — from sequined pillows to outdoor inflatables | "The Grinch" has become a holiday classic, spurring tons of Grinch-themed Christmas decorations for decking the halls. Here are our top picks.

13 fun Grinch-themed Christmas decorations — from sequined pillows to outdoor inflatables

13 fun Grinch-themed Christmas decorations — from sequined pillows to outdoor inflatables

13 fun Grinch-themed Christmas decorations — from sequined pillows to outdoor inflatables

13 fun Grinch-themed Christmas decorations — from sequined pillows to outdoor inflatables

13 fun Grinch-themed Christmas decorations — from sequined pillows to outdoor inflatables

13 fun Grinch-themed Christmas decorations — from sequined pillows to outdoor inflatables
13 fun Grinch-themed Christmas decorations — from sequined pillows to outdoor inflatables
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PB Teen sequined Grinch pillow, $39.50
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PB Teen sequined Grinch pillow, $39.50
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  • The Grinch is a holiday mainstay, whether or not you share his feelings about Christmas.
  • Unsurprisingly, there are a ton of Grinch-themed decorations out there, from over-the-top inflatables to ornaments and throw pillows.
  • Below, you’ll find 14 picks from the best Grinch holiday decor we found.

During the holidays, there are some of us so dedicated to “The Grinch” that we neglect our other obligations to watch the movie while reciting lines verbatim (I’ll admit, I’ve seen it over a dozen times). For others, the classic character’s image conjures up memories of reading the classic book by Dr. Seuss, first published in 1957.

Over the years, Mr. Grinch has inspired a whole world of holiday-themed decor – from out-of-the-box inflatables and shiny ornaments to shower curtains and bright lights.

We did the work of sorting through the not-so-great stuff to bring you a list of 14 fun Grinch-themed decor picks to suit every need. See below for our favorites.

Need some gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks 2019 holiday gift guides.


A sequin-accented throw pillow for your couch or bed

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Pottery Barn Teen

$39.50, available at Pottery Barn Teen

This sparkly throw pillow doubles as decor and a place to rest your head while you watch your favorite Christmas movies (ahem).


An inflatable Ginch and Max for your front lawn

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Home Depot

$119, available at Home Depot

This outdoor inflatable shows the loving bond between this famous duo. It turns out that The Grinch is only a mean one when it comes to people, which we get. It inflates automatically, too – making assembly a breeze.


A Grinch ornament with a shiny finish

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Target

$9, available at Target

As part of Target’s Dr. Seuss collection, this ornament shows off The Grinch’s playful signature smirk and his best pal, Max, who is always by his side.


A Grinch inflatable for under $30

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Walmart

$28.88, available at Walmart

For those seeking a simpler inflatable, this 5.5-foot Grinch inflatable includes all the tools necessary for assembly and breakdown. His sweater reads “Naughty or nice” – but I think we know which one he is.


Heat-resistant place mats that protect tabletops

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Williams-Sonoma

$15.95, available at Williams-Sonoma

These heat-safe place mats add a festive flair to your holiday table setting, and they wipe clean with a damp cloth. You could also just buy one to use as a trivet for large dishes.


A 10-piece light set

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Amazon

$34.99, available at Walmart

This set comes with 10 Grinch-themed lights that can be wrapped around the Chistmas tree or hung on their own for a fun alternative to traditional lights.


A cheeky cookie tray

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Kirkland

$19.99, available at Kirkland

Get into the Christmas spirit with this cookie tray, which is engraved with an earnest plea to The Grinch (and rightfully so). It’s made of durable wood, adding rustic charm against traditional green and red decor.


A clever ornament set

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Amazon

$16.47, available at Amazon

These ornaments are as cuddly as cacti and charming as eels – and they won’t cost you more than $20.


An ornament bundle that features Mr. Grinch, Max, and Cindy Lou Who

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Amazon

$32.99, available at Amazon

This glittery bundle shows the softer side of The Grinch as he gathers with Cindy Lou Who and Max in front of a page from “The Grinch” book. If you look closely, it reads: “All the Who girls and boys would wake up bright and early. They’d rush for their toys! And then! Oh, the noise! …”


A Whoville ornament shop for your Seussian Christmas village

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Amazon

$69.02, available at Amazon

This porcelain sculpture of the town’s ornament shop brings the magic of Whoville to your Christmas village.


Grinch-themed spatulas

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Williams-Sonoma

$12.99 on sale (originally $16.95), available at Williams-Sonoma [you save $3.96]

Unlike traditional dishcloths and towels, this option brings a little bit of joy to even the most mundane of cooking chores. In this case, the idea of scraping small bowls has never been more appealing.


A figurine of the gang in action

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Amazon

$28.75, available at Amazon

This figurine perfectly captures The Grinch’s personal growth – from town villain to total softy with a heart that grew three sizes.


A small Grinch statue that tells his story

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Target

$373.99 on sale (originally $398,99), available at Target

Nearly 3 feet tall, this animated figurine tells the tale of The Grinch’s growing heart. Note that it requires triple AAA batteries, which are not included with purchase.

‘Oh my f—ing god’: Watch Elon Musk’s reaction after Tesla’s lead designer cracked a window on the Cybertruck that Musk suggested was stronger than normal car glass

‘Oh my f—ing god’: Watch Elon Musk’s reaction after Tesla’s lead designer cracked a window on the Cybertruck that Musk suggested was stronger than normal car glass

Tesla unveiled its Cybertruck pickup truck on Thursday.

During the event, Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested that the vehicle’s window glass was stronger than that of a typical car. But two windows on the vehicle cracked when Franz von Holzhausen, Tesla’s head of design, threw a metal ball at them.

Here’s how Musk reacted to the Cybertruck’s glass cracking:

“Oh my f—ing god,” Musk said after von Holzhausen’s first throw.

Musk then said the throw might have been too hard and laughed, saying that, at the very least, the ball didn’t go through the window.

“Eh, not bad. Room for improvement,” Musk joked after the second throw, which cracked the window next to the first one.

Musk said Tesla had thrown wrenches and even a sink at the glass used for the Cybertruck without breaking it, and he joked that the company would fix the video of the event in postproduction.

Tesla plans to begin production of the Cybertruck, which starts at $39,900, in late 2021. The vehicle’s most expensive trim, which starts at $69,900, will have a maximum range of over 500 miles, a maximum towing capacity of over 14,000 pounds, and the ability to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in under 2.9 seconds, Tesla says.

Are you a current or former Tesla employee? Do you have an opinion about what it’s like to work there? Contact this reporter at mmatousek@businessinsider.com. You can ask for more secure methods of communication, like Signal or ProtonMail, by email or Twitter direct message.

More from Tesla’s cybertruck reveal:

Artificial intelligence could be one of the most valuable tools mankind has built — here’s one small but meaningful way it could help us save the planet

Artificial intelligence could be one of the most valuable tools mankind has built — here’s one small but meaningful way it could help us save the planet

  • Only a small fraction of the garbage the world produces each year gets recycled – about 16% – and that number has gotten even smaller in the past year.
  • About one-fourth of items that are put in recycling bins can’t be recycled at all, including greasy pizza boxes.
  • Recycling takes up so much resources to sort and process, US cities resort to burning or trashing recyclable items to save money.
  • Artificial intelligence companies are enlisting robots to make recycling sustainable, by sorting through trash themselves.
  • Watch the video above, part of the AI.Revolution series, to learn more.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Humans have enlisted nearly 100 AI-powered robots in North American to come to the rescue for something humans are terrible at: recycling.

Even when we try to do it right, we’re often making things worse; About one out of every four of the things people throw into the recycling bin aren’t recyclable at all.

All those misplaced greasy pizza boxes (not recyclable) and clamshell containers tossed in with the plastics, have imperiled an industry that was never really that effective in the first place.

Only a small fraction of the over 2.1 billion tons of the garbage the world produces each year gets recycled – about 16%.

And even that small sliver has gotten smaller over the past year.

Since China no longer processes other countries’ waste, the US needs to find an alternative to burning its trash

For decades, the US sold more than half of its recyclables to China – mostly plastics to be melted into pellets, the raw material for making more plastic.

But in March of 2018, China said, “No More.”

“They started shipping more and more stuff to China, often contaminated dirty plastics or mixed too many mixed goods,” said Kate O’Neill, a UC Berkeley professor and author of “Waste.”

Around a quarter of the shipments China received had to be hand-processed, buried in landfills, or incinerated.

So the Chinese government declared that bales could contain only up to half a percent of things that contaminated them, like food wrappers or a dirty jar of peanut butter. US consumers and recycling centers couldn’t keep up.

“I think people in the wealthy countries had gotten complacent, never bothering to build more recycling facilities domestically,” O’Neill added.

Installing artificial intelligence in robots to sort through trash may be a sustainable solution

Today, a handful of start-ups are testing out new technology to make recycling sustainable.

AMP Robotics is an artificial intelligence and robotics company that aims to change the way we recycle.

Founder of AMP Robotics, Matanya Horowitz said “the situation with the Chinese export markets have actually been good for [the company].”

Robots use artificial intelligence to sort through recyclables.

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Robots use artificial intelligence to sort through recyclables.
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BHS

AMP Robotics is rolling out its latest model: a “Cortex Robot” that uses optical sensors to take in what rolls by, and a “brain” to figure out what his “hands” should do with something – even if it looks different to anything he’s seen before.

“A lot of these recycling facilities are structured with the primary task of basically dealing with contamination that’s not supposed to be there,” said Horotwiz. “”What we see is a lot of recycling facilities are investing in automation to help improve their operations.”

At least four companies are rolling out similar models, in the hopes of turning a profit from the US’ growing piles of hard-to-sort recyclables.

And investors are taking notice. In November 2019, AMP Robotics announced a $16 million Series A investment from Sequoia Capital.

China is helping its own citizens get better at recycling

But what about helping humans get better at choosing what to put in their recycling bins in the first place?

New policies in Shanghai are one of the first steps in China’s push to solve its waste problems.

This past summer, citizens will face fines and what are called “social penalties” if they don’t sort things properly.

One trash sorting volunteer said, Shanghai started the test run on June 24. “It was very hard for us at the beginning. Everyone was busy, people didn’t know how to sort,” the volunteer – who requested to be unidentified – said.

“At first we had some hard times,” said Shanghai citizen Zhaoju Zhang. “The most difficult part was how to differentiate between dry and wet trash. It was so complicated that we all got confused.”

Almost immediately, hundreds of AI-enabled apps sprouted up in order to assist everyday sorting.

“If it’s something that is confusing whether it’s dry or wet trash, we can just scan the item and get the answer,” Zhang said.

Shanghai citizens are now required to sort recyclables properly from their trash.

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Shanghai citizens are now required to sort recyclables properly from their trash.
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Yuan Ye

But not everyone has access to AI to help parse the new rules, and many complain that complying is tough, and punishments are too harsh.

Kate O’Neill said the new laws are having a “massive cultural impact” and there are “some concerns about how draconian it is, but it’s too early to really tell the results. But it certainly has seems to be a massive culture shift.”

This kind of cultural shift in how we throw things away would be challenging in the US, where the average person produces twice as much trash as a Chinese citizen.

But experts warn that rethinking the way we deal with garbage is essential, and AI technology offers a promising way forward.

It’s even possible for it to identify who created a piece of trash in the first place.

Horowitz explained that robots are able to learn the features of materials. They are able to sparse whether a material is cloudy or opaque. AI robots may even be able to identify symbols of specific brands. All of these abilities help the robots like Max narrow down the source of contamination and what to do with it.

Last year, over 250 companies signed a MacArthur Foundation agreement pledging that 100% of plastic packaging will be easily and safely reused, recycled, or composted by 2025.

CEO of SC Johnson, Fisk Johnson, said in an interview, “We’re a family company, and we have a very long-term view, and business has to be part of the solution.”

Whether or not they make good on this pledge, AI will be quietly watching, and gathering data on the packaging these brands continue to use.

Google is offering a $1.5 million reward to anyone who can pull off a complex Android hack

Google is offering a $1.5 million reward to anyone who can pull off a complex Android hack

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Google thinks its Pixel device is pretty secure – so secure that it’s challenging aspiring hackers to show they can compromise it, and offering $1.5 million as a top prize.

The company announced Thursday that it will pay $1 million to anyone who can carry out a full chain remote code execution exploit that compromises the Titan M secure chip built into Pixel devices. That means hackers would have to gain access to a Pixel’s operating system remotely in a way that doesn’t require any interaction with the phone’s user.

The winner will get a 50% bonus if they carry out the hack on a version of Android that’s still in developer preview stages, making the top prize $1.5 million.

The newly announced rewards build on Google’s Android Security Rewards program, created in 2015. The company offers a range of awards for different hacker feats, most of which range from a few thousand to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Google said it shelled out more than $1.5 million in rewards in 2019 so far, with an average of $3,800 per finding. The largest single reward in 2019 was $161,337.

Google isn’t the only company offering top dollar to benevolent hackers who can find holes in its security – Apple announced in August that it would pay $1 million to anyone who could pull off a zero-click full chain execution hack.

Read about the Android Security Rewards program on Google’s site.

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