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These 11 photos show how men's swimsuits have changed in the past 100 years



Contrary to what the '90s would have you believe, men didn't always wear long board shorts to the beach. 

Before swimsuits were so heavily influenced by sport, they were inspired by modesty. Gradually, hemlines were raised — until we reached Speedo levels in the '70s. After that, the '80s made way for showing less and less thigh. But surprise! In 2015 we're flipping the switch again.  

This is all according to a new video by Mode, which chronicles the last 100 years of men's swimwear.

Keep scrolling to see the cyclical pattern of bathing attire from 1915 to 2015.

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The pros and cons of drinking protein shakes after a workout


What's the first thing you do immediately after a workout? Saunter up to the juice bar and crush a protein shake, right? You may want to reconsider.

Registered dietitian, exercise physiologist, and host of SiriusXM's Doctor RadioSamantha Heller, breaks down the best times to reach for the the protein and discusses the popular brand Muscle Milk.  

When asked for comment, CytoSport, the maker of Muscle Milk, responded with the following:

"When she refers to 310 calories and 32 grams protein, she is referencing the serving size we recommend for "individuals looking to build size and gain muscle mass." We recommend a serving size that provides 150 calories and 16 grams of protein for those wanting "fewer calories."

The particular smoothie she mentions that includes 6 oz non-fat Greek yogurt, medium banana, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed would provide 310 calories, 20 grams protein, 52 grams carbohydrate (with 37 grams sugar).

Examples of activities that consume approximately 300 calories for a 160 lb individual: 1 hour leisurely biking; 1 hour of resistance training; ½ hour of running moderately (5 mph); 45 minutes swimming laps leisurely; and 1 hour walking (3.5mph).

Muscle Milk products are designed to provide high quality milk protein in a form that is great tasting and convenient and without a lot of sugar or carbs (that is why we use artificial sweeteners) for active individuals.

Acesulfame Potassium is an artificial sweetener that is 200 times sweeter than sugar so a little provides great sweetness without adding calories/carbohydrates (this is the benefit of artificial sweeteners — also called "low calorie sweeteners").

Acesulfame potassium was approved by FDA in 1988 (so has been in use for more than 25 years); approved by Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives of the United Nations, World Health Organization and European Union’s Scientific Community on Food.

We know some people want to avoid artificial sweeteners so we make products for them – Muscle Milk Organic and Muscle Milk Naturals (both sweetened with cane sugar and stevia extract)." 

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Here's why I refuse to read Harper Lee's record-breaking new book


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Less than a week after Harper Lee's new novel, "Go Set A Watchman," hit shelves, 1.1 million people had already done something I refuse to do: They bought (and probably read) the book.

That makes it the fastest-selling book in publisher HarperCollin's history. 

For me, the reasons to abstain from reading it are both moral and nostalgic. I don't want to see one of American literature's greatest heroes turned into a racist — especially when questionable events suggest the 89-year-old author may not have wanted the book published. 

Some might call "Go Set A Watchman" a sequel to Harper Lee's classic novel, "To Kill A Mockingbird." The latter follows the tribulations of Atticus Finch, an honorable, albeit court-appointed, lawyer, through the eyes of his young daughter, Jean Louise (more affectionately known as Scout). Atticus uses his talents to defend a black man wrongly accused of raping a white girl in the 1930s deep South.

But I wouldn't give "Watchman" the honor of calling it a sequel to "Mockingbird." 

Set 20 years after "Mockingbird," the newly released book tells the story of Scout's return to Alabama as an adult who's been living in New York City. There, Scott confronts the hard truth that her father has become a Klan meeting-attending, anti-Brown v. Board of Education racist — the kind of man who makes comments like, "Do you want Negroes by the carload in our schools and churches and theaters? Do you want them in our world?"

The reviews I've read offer enough of a glimpse to keep me from reading the whole book. 

When Lee initially submitted "Watchman" in 1957, her shrewed editor wagged her finger, told Lee to rewrite it from a child's perspective, and sent the author on her way.

Forty million copies, a Pulitzer Prize, and millions of high school students souls' touched later, I'd say Lee's editor made the right call.

Needless to say, Atticus' unwavering belief throughout "Mockingbird" that Tom Robinson, the accused rapist, deserves a fair trial didn't go over well in Jim Crow-era Alabama. His children faced torment at school and in the community, and the night before the trial, Atticus even confronted an angry mob. 

This all happens to a man who told his son:

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.

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In light of "Watchman's" release, "Mockingbird" could be taken as a commentary on a child's naivety about her father and the ways of the world. Lee, however, has contended the book showcases a deeper meaning. 

“The book is not an indictment so much as a plea for something, a reminder to people at home," she said in 1963, according to The New York Times.

Also, Gregory Peck is a total babe in the 1962 film adaption as a socially conscious lawyer, complete with three-piece suit and glasses. Racism just wouldn't become him.

Just as Atticus underwent a transformation in "Watchman," his creator has undergone one herself since writing her rejected manuscript. At 89, Lee is deaf, blind, and largely confined to a wheelchair. Not to suggest the elderly are incapable of making informed decisions, but curious circumstances surround the public outing of "Watchman."

First, when the news broke, Lee's lawyer released a statement on her behalf, according to The New York Times“I hadn’t realized it [the book] had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it.”

Carter became the family's lawyer after Lee's now-deceased sister gave up the position when she turned 100. Ever since, personal and professional skirmishes seem more common for Lee than ever.  

go set a watchmanHarperCollins also admits, as of February 2015, that it had no direct contact with Lee and simply communicated through her lawyer, The Daily Mail reported. 

Although some friends and fans argue Lee's mind is sound, the state of Alabama did conduct an official inquiry into the book's publication by interviewing Lee and those who know her, according to the Times.

All that could mean Lee never wanted the racist version of Atticus to see the light of day.

His character's decline from the paragon of fatherhood and fairness to an opponent of civil rights makes me sad — as does the mere implication an 89-year-old author may have been coerced to release an unpolished version of her masterpiece at the expense of her reputation and her fans.

In "Watchman," Scout seems to feel the same way about her father that I feel about book: “I’ll never believe a word you say to me again. I despise you and everything you stand for.”

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16 of the world's most incredible supersize statues


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Sculpture has the power to leave spectators in a state of sheer amazement. But standing in the presence of a "supersize" statue can actually take your breath away. 

Taking up to 20 years to build and millions of dollars to create, these 16 enormous creations do just that. They'll stand for centuries as icons of history and culture for visitors to enjoy. From the world's largest reclining Buddha to a 105 foot tall sculpture of Mao Zedong, keep scrolling for a trip around the world in massive statues.  


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The Christ the Redeemer statue, located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, scales more than 2,000 feet above the city to offer visitors stunning views. The 100 foot tall statue’s awe-inspiring scale and design resulted in its recognition as one of the seven new wonders of the world.

Source: Daily Mail

At 380 feet tall, Myanmar’s Laykyun Sekkya Buddha, built on top of Po Kaung Hills, is the second tallest statue in the world. At its foot is the "Monywa Buddha" — the largest reclining Buddha in the world.

Source: Matador Network

This statue, perched in China's Hunan Province, depicts Chairman Mao Zedong at the age of 32. The work is said to have cost as much as $35 million to build.

Source: Reuters, Matador Network

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This man collected 50,000 pennies to make a statement about paying his property taxes



When you think of someone paying in change, a broke college student comes to mind.

Steven Piotrowski is not a college student.

As reported by Forbes, the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania resident paid his 2013 property taxes on the day that the government was due to seize his home.

But since Piotrowski describes property taxes as "unethical, unchristian-like" and a form of "financial slavery," he decided to make a statement.

"Since I'm being forced to pay for something against my own will, I'm paying in pennies," he told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

And as we are in the age of social media, he shared his plan on Facebook.

Though he'd planned to pay the entire bill with 83,160 pennies, Piotrowski was only able to get 50,000 coins from 15 different banks in the three days before the deadline.

On July 31, he threw in some extra change and bills, put it all in a wheelbarrow that he bought special for the occasion, and headed for Continental Bank in West Norriton Township, where walk-in payments are accepted.

The underwhelmed bank employees accepted the mounds of change and Piotrowski's home successfully escaped a sheriff's sale.

Piotrowski, who purchased his home in April 2013, said he waited until the last day to pay his taxes because he needed to pay other bills. He told The Inquirer that he hasn't had electricity in two months.

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There's a name for people who are neither introverts nor extroverts


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Some people like to unwind by partying with friends, while others prefer a quiet night alone. But a third group of people tilt either way, depending on their mood.

There's a name for these introvert-extrovert hybrids: ambiverts. And as many as two-thirds of us fall into this category, some research suggests.

Extroversion and introversion lie on a spectrum. But while we mostly hear about the extremes, experts have recently taken an interest in those in the middle, who could have an advantage in the workplace.

The Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung popularized the concepts of extroversion and introversion in the early 1920s. Jung also identified a third group at that time, but didn’t give it a name. Psychologists didn't start using the term "ambivert" until the 1940s.

According to psychologists, extroverts like surrounding themselves with people and being the center of attention. They often get bored or restless when left on their own. On the other hand, introverts prefer being alone, or with just one other person or a small group of people. They find being around crowds draining.

But ambiverts share traits of both extroverts and introverts, and can move effortlessly between the two categories.

"It is like they’re bilingual," Daniel Pink, an author and host of Crowd Control, a TV series on human behavior, told The Wall Street Journal. "They have a wider range of skills and can connect with a wider range of people in the same way someone who speaks English and Spanish can."

If you want to know if you're an ambivert, you can take this test, developed by Pink, who has studied ambiversion. 

Not only do ambiverts exist, but they may be better at certain types of jobs, especially sales, studies suggest. For example, a 2013 study looked at 340 representatives at a call center. The researchers had the employees fill out a personality test, then kept track of their sales revenue for the next three months. Those employees who brought in the most revenue per hour scored exactly halfway between extrovert and introvert on the personality test.

Ambiverts may also be better at introverts and extroverts at understanding other people's emotions, an ability that could make them better parents and spouses, according to Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Of course, there's no such thing as a free lunch. Ambiverts sometimes find it hard to know which side of their personality to follow, which can leave them feeling stuck, Grant said.

To the majority of us who fall into this middle category, Grant offered this advice: "Read each situation more carefully," he told the Wall Street Journal, "and ask yourself, 'What do I need to do right now to be most happy or successful?'" 

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27 libraries to visit in your lifetime


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Those who love a good book will agree that there's nothing better than finding a spot to cozy up and read.

Sometimes that's your couch, and sometimes that's a quiet library brimming with great literature.

We've rounded up some of the best libraries around the world that offer not only an impressive collection of reading material, but also boast unique architecture.

From an 8th-century monastery in Switzerland to a library with hanging bookshelves in Mexico City, here are the libraries that every book worm should visit.


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Once having held the record for the largest collection of books in the world, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France has since expanded, but the original buildings from 1868 are still the most beautiful. The Salle Ovale (oval room) in the Richelieu Building is a must see.

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The Casa de la Literatura Peruana (home of Peruvian literature) in Lima, Peru, used to be a train station up until 2009. It was converted into a library in hopes of encouraging more Peruvian citizens to read about their country and history.

To learn more about the Home of Peruvian Literature, click here >


Modeled after the Colosseum, Canada's Vancouver Public Library takes up a full city block and has restaurants, retail shops, office buildings, and a rooftop garden.

To learn more about Vancouver Public Library, click here >

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UGG is becoming a luxury brand



UGG is trying to make a name for itself in the luxury market. 

The footwear and apparel company recently revealed its newest collection. 

The new boots are described as a, "sleeker, more fashion-forward silhouette, with more refined features and a slimmer, more contoured construction," in a press release.

Customers can purchase the shoes starting August 6, 2015; different styles retail anywhere from $250 t0 $295.

This is a steep hike compared to the most classic UGG style, which retails for $155.

"We chose to offer a slimmer fit to our customers to give them more flexibility in their fashion choices – to be able to step into the most chic situations without having to sacrifice UGG comfort," said Leah Larson, UGG's Creative Director, in the release.

The brand tapped iconic model Carolyn Murphy as the face of its new collection because she's 'elegant and refined' like the new boots. 


Murphy views the new collection as a shift away from traditional styles and a push towards high-end fashion for the company.

"This boot that everybody has these connotations around, but here’s a new spin on it. The silhouette and the cut are different and it’s more fashion fashion," Murphy told Fashionista.

The limited-edition line was designed in Italy with goat suede and Merino Twinface. The boots also feature a leather heel.

The brand, "chose to manufacture the Classic Luxe collection exclusively in Italy, to reflect the premium Italian craftsmanship that entices women around the world," said Larson in the release.


There are two styles, 'Abree' and 'Karissa', that come in a number of colors and variations. 

Murphy has fronted campaigns for top designers worldwide, and she sees a correlation in the luxury market between the new UGG's collection and some of the brands she's previously worked with.

"This [Ugg] woman, and then the Oscar [de la Renta] woman are [both] very much who I am. It probably speaks to a lot of women out there. We all have this duality," she told Fashionista. "I’m the nature girl that’s out surfing and riding my horses and reading books and I need that reprieve of sorts — but I also really love putting on a great beautiful gown."

The model even ventured so far to say the new UGG boot is 'the new Converse'.

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The Warby Parker of backpacks is reinventing a popular startup model


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An online store is taking charitable giving to the next level.

For every Just Porter backpack you buy, the company gives one filled with school supplies to a child in need.

And there's more.

Instead of giving a filled backpack to the child, Just Porter oversees local manufacturing of the bags and buys the school supplies locally.

The idea for the venture came from Chris Bahr, founder of Just Porter. In 2006, he was doing humanitarian work with a medical group in the Philippines. Having no medical background he found other ways to help.

Walking past a school in a very poor condition one day, Bahr decided to go to the local market to buy school supplies for the pupils. When he saw how happy the children were, he knew he had to do more.

“I noticed companies like Toms shoes and Warby Parker were combining a charitable giving with commerce,” Bahr told Business Insider in an email, adding that he also realized donations were really just a short term solution.

“Because of my background in economics and finance, I knew that the one-for-one model could be done better and have a lasting impact if developed the right way.”

Chris Bahr, founder of Just Porter, distributing the bags to children in the PhilippinesHe named this new way of helping children and the communities they live in, Giving 2.0.

“There are two forms of giving. The first is straight charitable. It tends to be a handout with the best of intentions. The second is philanthropic. That type of giving is usually attached to a vision and an action plan,” Bahr said.

He also expanded on how charitable giving has weaknesses, as it can create negative consequences for the communities. The donations, he found, eventually hurt the economy as local businesses were forced out of business because they could not compete with the free handouts.

So Bahr thought of a way to still help out the children but also invest in the community.

“Now, all giving is great. But, not all giving is equally responsible or equally beneficial. And that is why I created Giving 2.0,” Bahr said. “Giving 2.0 is geared towards helping create jobs, engaging the community and helping develop solutions.”   

The website launched in November 2014 after a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised pledges of over $56,000 with just a $40,000 goal.

Still from Just Porter: Buy a Bag, Give a Bag videoJust Porter — a combination of “justice” and porter, the French verb for carry — works with local suppliers to manufacture the bags. “We work with local suppliers for our “give” bags. The fabrics, zippers and even labels are made or bought in the community in which we are giving.  We have found local manufacturers that can make the give backpacks,” Bahr said.

The resulting investment in the community helps create jobs and keeping the local economy afloat while helping children in need. Every bag is also made specifically according to the grade the children are in and filled with supplies local teachers said would benefit children the most.

Still from Just Porter: Buy a Bag, Give a Bag videoA specific reason also prompted Bahr to sell backpacks specifically.

"First, backpacks are incredible. They’re like a portable micro version of your home. Everyone has one or has owned one. They’re used everywhere,” he said. But Bahr also mentioned that he was never happy with the backpacks on the market and felt he had to choose between design, quality, and price.

In his search to discover why that seemed to be the case, he found out that 80% of all backpacks are manufactured by the same two companies.

“It’s essentially a duopoly between VF Corporation and Camelbak. These are two companies that are publicly traded or owned by private equity. In my opinion, quality and innovation are sacrificed to produce the highest profit margin,” Bahr said. “We believe that you can make something excellent that people love.”

just porter look bookThe backpacks Just Porter sells are produced in the Philippines by a manufacturer that pays a fair wage to their employees, Bahr claims.

“That was a huge factor in who and why we choose our manufacturers,” he said.

The company hires people in the countries that receive the backpacks to monitor the manufacturing process, which follows a strict procedure to ensure a lasting effect. Just Porter also tries to engage local politicians in the process and work closely with schools and businesses.

“It’s a really dynamic process and takes a lot of effort to execute. A small example: people need to be hired to separate the school supplies and place them in the bags before the student receive them. People can’t imagine how much time, energy, and resources goes into that small part that is easily overlooked,” Bahr said.

As of now all the “give” backpacks still go to the Philippines, but as he refines the Giving 2.0 model, Just Porter may expand to India, Africa, and some countries in South America.

Bahr is very enthusiastic when it comes to the future of Just Porter and said the company has already been able to help thousands of children.

“We believe that people have the ability to carry justice and equality with them anywhere,” he said. 

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This tiny salad chain backed by Shake Shack's founder is about to blow up


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Tender Greens is about to blow up.

Earlier this summer, the California-based salad chain received a minority investment from Danny Meyer, the founder of Shake Shack and CEO of one of the most successful restaurant groups in New York City.

Tender Greens told The New York Times it will use the investment to open more restaurants in California and beyond. The chain, founded in 2006, currently has 22 locations in California.

We recently stopped by a Tender Greens' downtown San Francisco location to see what the buzz is about.

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"Every now and then," Danny Meyer, who founded Shake Shack, said in a statement, "I’ll visit a restaurant and love the idea — the food, the people, the culture — so much that I wish I’d thought of it myself."

"That’s exactly what happened with Tender Greens," Meyer said. Earlier this summer, his restaurant company, The Union Hospitality Group, made a minority investment in the fast-casual chain — its first time taking stake in an outside concept.

I recently stopped by Tender Greens' downtown San Francisco location to see what the buzz is about.

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9 awesome facts about WWE superstar John Cena


Wrestler John Cena is one of the most popular superstars in the history of the WWE. Currently the United States Champion, Cena has held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship a record 12 times. Cena's profile transcends the wrestling ring, as he has landed major roles in two 2015 movies: "Trainwreck" and "Sisters."

Before he attempts to reclaim the WWE title in a "Championship for Championship" match versus the current champion Seth Rollins at Summerslam on Sunday August 23, check out some incredible facts about one of the biggest figures in sports entertainment. 

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13 surprising ways your name affects your success


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What's in a name? Potentially your future.

A host of research shows just how much your name can affect your lifetime success, from your hireability to your spending habits.

We took a look at the research and have highlighted some of the surprising findings below.

Maggie Zhang contributed to an earlier version of this article.

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If your name is easy to pronounce, people will favor you more.

In a New York University study, researchers found that people with easier-to-pronounce names often have higher-status positions at work. One of the psychologists, Adam Alter, explains to Wired, "When we can process a piece of information more easily, when it's easier to comprehend, we come to like it more." In a further study, Alter also found that companies with simpler names and ticker symbols tended to perform better in the stock market. 

If your name is common, you are more likely to be hired.

In a Marquette University study, the researchers found evidence to suggest that names that were viewed as the least unique were more likable. People with common names were more likely to be hired, and those with rare names were least likely to be hired. That means that the Jameses, Marys, Johns, and Patricias of the world are in luck.

Uncommon names are associated with juvenile delinquency.

A 2009 study at Shippensburg University suggested that there's a strong relationship between the popularity of one's first name and juvenile criminal behavior. Researchers found that, regardless of race, young people with unpopular names were more likely to engage in criminal activity. The findings obviously don't show that the unusual names caused the behavior, but merely show a link between the two things. And the researchers have some theories about their findings. "Adolescents with unpopular names may be more prone to crime because they are treated differently by their peers, making it more difficult for them to form relationships," they write in a statement from the journal's publisher. "Juveniles with unpopular names may also act out because they ... dislike their names."

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15 unforgettable portraits from the 'Humans of New York' photographer's trip to Pakistan



Continuing last year's tradition, photographer Brandon Stanton, aka "Humans of New York," is taking part of the summer to venture outside of NYC and tell the stories of people from another city, country, and culture.

What he has found and shared on his wildly popular Facebook page is that even when you travel half way across the world, people still share similar hopes, fears, and aspirations.

This August, Stanton has been in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Northern Pakistan, a place he tells his Facebook followers, "has some of the most amazing landscapes on the planet." 

Stanton has already gathered a handful of moving stories, funny quips, and wonderful portraits. Below are the best images, along with their original captions, that he's published so far while on the road.

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“Education changed the lives of my entire family. Before education, we knew only how to work. It was always very quiet in our home. My grandfather was a laborer, but he paid to send my father to a tutor so that he could learn to read. He told my father that, if nothing else, he should begin by learning how to read and write his name. When I was born, my father taught me how to read. I started with local newspapers. I learned that our village was part of a country. Then I moved on to books. And I learned that there was an entire world around this mountain. I learned about human rights. Now I’m studying political science at the local university. I want to be a teacher.”

(Hunza Valley, Pakistan)

“The most important thing about swimming is to not be afraid.” “What advice do you have for people who are afraid?” “Just don’t be afraid. Or you’ll drown.”

 (Hunza Valley, Pakistan)

“I’m studying overseas at a small college in Minnesota. I’m just home for the summer. There’s definitely more outward freedom in the states to wear what I want and do what I want. But I never feel completely at ease because there are only three Pakistanis at my school, and I feel that everything I do reflects on my family, my religion, and my country. I feel pressured to always be exceedingly polite and well behaved, even when I don’t feel like it. But in Pakistan I can relax more, even though the electricity sometimes goes out and I’ve already been mugged twice since I’ve been back. Because here I feel like my actions only reflect on me.”

(Hunza Valley, Pakistan)

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