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Hidden Water

Unless you’ve been cryogenically frozen for the past decade, you know that water shortages are becoming a huge problem. According to UN estimates, by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under water stressed conditions.

To date there have been no scientific studies performed regarding the amount of water wasted this summer by people trying not to donate money to charity, but below is an image that shows the hidden water in a products you likely consume every day.

How Much Water Does It Take To Produce These Consumer Goods?

hidden water food

*there are about 3.8 litres (liters) in one gallon

We love a good beef burrito here at ATI, but a single steak takes 1,100 gallons of water to produce. In other words, if you have five of them you’ve used the same amount of water it takes to fill AN ENTIRE 15′ ROUND SWIMMING POOL. Cutting out meat consumption–even just one or two days a week–will save hundreds of thousands of gallons of water.

Source: Sustainable Lafayette

Charles Bukowski, Uncensored

Grit, grime, booze and a relentless wit. Charles Bukowski’s style is without a doubt inimitable. Not known for self-censoring, here’s a 1993 conversation with the late poet on his writing and success. His thoughts? “I was blessed with a crappy life, that’s all.”

Phenomenal Nontraditional Sculptures And The Artists Who Make Them

Nontraditional Sculptures Paper Triptych

It looks like porcelain… but it isn’t. Source: Oddity Central

Artists are those daring individuals who try to make a living out of pushing boundaries and challenging—and hopefully changing—our tastes. In the artist’s endless process of borrowing, blending and creating, art and its respective mediums always evolve, adapting to the times and interests of their creators and viewers alike. Nowhere is this more evident than in sculpting. While materials such as marble remain favorites among sculpting traditionalists, many others use bizarre and innovative materials and have crafted true masterpieces with them.

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Nontraditional Sculptures Long Head

All of Li Hongb’s flexible sculptures are actually made from paper. Source: Blogspot

At first glance, Li Hongbo’s artwork appears to be made out of traditional materials such as marble or porcelain. However, when the artist gets a hold of his solid structure, he begins to stretch the piece in uncanny and bizarre ways. It leaves the brain confused over what exactly it is seeing. One of sculpture’s defining features is that it, like a rock, remains superficially unchanged over time, right?

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Immigrants Of New York: Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

Brighton Beach Waiter

Waiter at Café Volna Source: Tyler Bird

A neon hammer and sickle sign flickers in angry, vindictive red as soon as I exit the Brighton Beach subway stop in Brooklyn, New York. Except it’s not there to promote communism; it’s a flashy attempt to sell mid-grade booze. At first this strikes me as a bit odd, but then what is communism if not–like capitalism–one of the most enduring, elaborate and nastiest marketing campaigns this world has ever seen? Besides, I figure, it’s probably best not to try to make too much sense of everything I see today. After all, I am in Little Russia.

Brighton Beach Women

Source: Tyler Bird

Brighton Beach is Coney Island’s eccentric, slightly bedraggled aunt who thinks it’s funny to spike your 14-year-old cousin’s drink at the dinner table but then looks at you spitefully when you ask why he’s passed out at the table. Wizened 70-somethings sport gilded “Odessa” sailors’ hats while eating smoked herring at the boardwalk bar; babushkas in floral muumuus dot the well-worn street corners with a grimace chillier than the Cold War; battered and bruised men crowd around chess boards and toss half-empty beer cans to the ground not necessarily to dispose of them but perhaps to say—and loudly—“I am here”.

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