Our picks for the week of Nov. 21-27:
• Beautiful Quebec City offers a taste of Europe without such a daunting environmental footprint.
• Who says a lock has to be made of metal? Here are nine of the craziest things made of wood.
• Even a fictional president sometimes needs kitchen advice. That's why the Butterball hotline is open for turkey disaster calls. While we're talking turkey, you won't want to miss our free bird gallery — a toast to the tradition of presidential turkey pardons.
• Now that the holiday season has officially begun, it's time to nurture your better self. Here are 20 selfless actions you can take.
• Sarah Palin has been all over the news lately with a new book and even a reality TV show about Alaska. We asked a few media experts about the former governor's new role as frontierswoman and nature lover.
• Journalist-turned-scientist Melanie Lenart examines the planet of the future and how global warming will change humanity in "Life in the Hothouse."
• The college experience is about first-time freedoms and the pursuit of knowledge, but today's students have the opportunity to take a host of bizarre classes that may not exactly lead down a career path. Here are 15 weird college courses — and yes, they are for credit.
• Cher and Stanley Tucci became fast friends on the set of "Burlesque." It turns out they have a lot of green opinions in common.
• Remember Aquaman? A new diving suit gives the wearer the power to breathe under water, just like he did. Find out how it works.
• We know you just polished off a second piece of pumpkin pie. It's OK — MNN is looking out for you. Here are some handy tips for preventing weight gain during the holidays.
Plus: Don't miss the week in photos, including a heartbreaking image of the relatives of the New Zealand miners.