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Sep
17
Turning Used Billboards Into Vinyl Backpacks

What happens to billboards at the end of their advertising lives? One company in Los Angeles makes eco-friendly bags from billboards. Alec and Aric Avedissian, co-founders of Rareform, saw the need to recycle the vinyl from billboards into something more useful.

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Sep
10
Diving Deep On a Single Breath

Imagine holding your breath as you fall endlessly deeper into the sea. For some, it sounds like a nightmare, but for others it's heaven on earth. Take the plunge through layers of salty sea and light with freediving master Aharon Solomons.

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Sep
03
POP CULTURE: The Clever Tricks of Advertising

Adverts know us well and therefore tease us with promises of love, friendship, calm and success – but then go on merely to sell us things we don’t particularly need: like bars of chocolate or sports cars. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship worldwide): https://goo.gl/lXRMWv

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“Patek Philippe is one of the giants of the global watchmaking industry, with revenues last year of just short of 750 million euros. For years now, they have been running a very distinctive series of adverts featuring parents and children. You’re sure to have glimpsed one somewhere....”

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Aug
27
Experiencing Mehndi: Indian Wedding Henna Hand Art

Sonia Chopra receives Mehndi, more commonly know as Henna, & explains the process while doing so. Watch the video to learn more!

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Aug
20
How Warby Parker Succeeded by Taking Its Time

Neil Blumenthal, co-founder of Warby Parker, reflects on the specific decisions that helped make his company successful.

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Aug
13
How To Remain Calm With People

Remaining calm around people who annoy us is one of the great life skills. It’s also a teachable and learnable skill. For gifts and more from The School of Life, visit our online shop: https://goo.gl/GQxE7p

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Aug
06
Five Generations of Making Soy Sauce the Traditional Way

Japanese shoyu, or soy sauce, was traditionally brewed in vats over two years in a process that dates back to the 7th century. Over the past 60 years, global demand gave way to industrialization, and today less than one percent of shoyu is produced in the old way. But on the island of Shodoshima, Yasuo Yamamoto ferments soy beans traditionally in bamboo barrels similar to the ones his family has built for the past 150 years. And while it takes four times longer than the modern way to produce, the results are undeniably delicious. Let's have a taste.

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Jul
30
River Gods: Welcome to the Wild West of Surfing

What do you do when you want to ride the waves, but you live in a landlocked state? You head to the river. Missoula, Montana might be the last place you’d expect to find a vibrant surfing community, but that’s exactly where Strongwater Surf Shop owner Kevin Benhardt Brown and his friends spend their days. Take me to the river!


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Jul
23
How Much Does Lack Of Sleep Really Affect Your Work?

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Jul
16
5 Ways to Listen Better

http://www.ted.com In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening." In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening -- to other people and the world around you.

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