What We Loved This Week, Mar. 27 – Apr. 2

Nuns selling weed, stunning art made with leaves, living with corpses in Indonesia, the world’s weirdest sex laws, and travel expectations vs. reality.

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The sisters cultivate weed according to the moon cycles. Photo by Shaughn Crawford and John DuBois. Image Source: Bored Panda

These California Nuns Grow, Smoke, And Sell Marijuana

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California municipalities are considering a cultivation ban that would make the nun’s enterprise illegal. Photo by Shaughn Crawford and John DuBois. Image Source: Bored Panda

The Sisters of the Valley in Merced, California are spreading the word of God — and weed. As you might have guessed, these aren’t your typical nuns. Neither Catholic nor even traditionally religious, these licensed Medical Marijuana growers cultivate weed according to the moon cycles. Their products, which are all organic, are sold online and treat a variety of ailments from back pain to hangovers. Each jar and bottle gets its own little prayer before being shipped for distribution. See more at Bored Panda.

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Their products, which are all organic, treat a variety of ailments including back pain, migraines, and even hangovers. Photo by Shaughn Crawford and John DuBois. Image Source: Bored Panda

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The Most Incredible Street Photography On Flickr

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better description of street photography than that of National Geographic photographer Benjamin Lowy, who described it as, “A harsh name for a beautiful pursuit.” Its purpose? “To tame the chaos. To frame the cacophony of modern life. To capture what it means to be alive.”

While the legality of taking pictures of people (without their express consent) in public to sell as fine art has stirred considerable debate, it continues to be protected under the categorization of artistic expression and free speech. Here are some of the best street photography that Flickr has to offer in its vast pool of talent:

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Best Street Photography Angel Wings

The timing of this photo suggests that angels are all around us. London, UK. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Child Bus

A child takes in the sights from the best seat on the bus. Venice, Italy. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Dublin Skater

The sky is the limit for this skateboarder in Dublin, Ireland. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Feet Minimal

The framing of this photo looks as good as putting your feet up feels. Cologne, Germany. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Ferris Wheel

A ferris wheel glistens against the obsidian sky. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Girl Bench

A woman waits for her ride, solo. Antwerp, Belgium. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Glasgow Scotland

A pedestrian bridges the gap between new and old architecture. Glasgow, Scotland. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Homeless Man Dog

A man is photographed with his best friend. Bremen, Germany. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Kids In Sprinkler

Pure joy found near a water sprinkler in Singapore. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Hide And Seek

A woman peers from a doorway in Hoi An, Vietnam. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Leg Up

There's always something to get distracted by when you're out walking in the urban jungle. New York City. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Mannequin Mirroring

As this street shot suggests, you are never as alone as you feel. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Multitasking

A man acts as the living and breathing manifestation of "multi-tasking." Chow Kit Market, Malaysia. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Rotterdam

Negative and positive space convenes in this minimalist photo. Rotterdam, Netherlands. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Shadow Sax

A man plays the saxophone to his shadow. Portland, OR. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Skate Lines

A brilliant composition of subject and surroundings. Copenhagen, Denmark. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Smoking Bus Stop

People approach a bus in Singapore. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Smoking Melons

Photographer John Ragai described this shot: "Portrait of a Smoking Joe and his beautiful smoke amidst his honey dew." Chow Kit Market, Malaysia. - Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Starbucks Love

A candid moment over coffee. Lucern, Switzerland. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Stripes

How many different kinds of stripes can you spot in this image? Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography The Kiss

A couple sneaks a kiss in public. Lucerne, Switzerland. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Toddler Heart

A toddler ponders street sculpture. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Up Stairs

A man ascends stairs, Zagreb, Croatia. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography White Rabbit

A white rabbit entertains people in the streets of Oxford, UK. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Window Woman

A cafe-goer offers an ambiguous expression. Tel Aviv, Israel. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Catching Air

A biker catches some air. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography New Delhi

A one sided conversation with a worker in New Delhi. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Two Worlds

Two very different worlds collide on a street corner in Madrid, Spain. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Escalator

Reflections of an escalator ride. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Tunnel

All leading lines point to the man at the end of the tunnel. Image Source: Flickr

Best Street Photography Generations

Different generations segregate themselves — but still remain close. Perpignan, South France. Image Source: Flickr

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Next, check out the world’s best street art and the breathtaking wildlife photography of Will Burrard-Lucas.

40 Eye-Opening Vintage Public Health Posters From The 1940s

If you’re going to invoke hyperbole, it might as well be in the name of public health — at least that was the logic of public health workers in the early-to-mid 20th century. Reminiscent of propaganda posters, these occasionally (unintentionally) funny vintage posters actually made quite an impact on everything from slowing the spread of infectious disease, to bringing home the importance of vaccinations:

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Vintage Health Posters Syphilis Crippler Copy

Before the widespread use of antibiotics, syphilis plagued the world for centuries. Starting in the 1930s, public health posters promoting the prevention and early detection of the STD became widespread.

Vintage Health Posters Shame Too Long

Campaigns sought to achieve early detection — in part by downplaying the shame of contracting the disease.

Vintage Health Posters Children Dinosaurs

Passage of the disease from mother to child was very common, making it vital to educate the public on the risk it posed to children — as well as the fact that a cure had been found in penicillin (albeit too late for the dinosaurs, apparently).

Vintage Health Posters Tuberculosis March

Tuberculosis is another highly contagious bacterial disease spread through the air — apparently by breathing, coughing, laughing, or speaking.

Vintage Health Posters Swim Shark

Swimming is a great exercise that can keep you healthy if done in sanitary pools. It may also be an important skill in escaping the pneumonia shark.

Vintage Health Posters Points Hurdles

Tuberculosis posters encouraging testing were everywhere.

Vintage Health Posters Grades Together

Some TB campaigns even linked good health with good grades.

Vintage Health Posters Flower Obey

The well-meaning and colorful posters could be visually confusing, though; the imagery in the two shown here has nothing to do with prevention or treatment of the disease.

Vintage Health Posters Expecting Breastfeeding

The proper health of expectant mothers and infants were less understood subjects than they are today.

Vintage Health Posters Vaccination Lifelong

Education on vaccinations and children’s health and safety became very import topics of the public health system.

Vintage Health Posters Nurtured Firecrackers

Many public health educators used ridicule and fear to shame parents into proper child rearing habits, such as not letting them play with firecrackers...

Vintage Health Posters Milk Eat

...or encouraging the consumption of dairy products.

Vintage Health Posters Fruit Balanced

Some of the advice was at least a little better than others, such as telling people to eat a balanced diet.

Vintage Health Posters John Vision

Public health activists also championed regular vision tests...

Vintage Health Posters Clean Swan

...as well as the connection between hygiene and health.

Vintage Health Posters Liberty Fight

Early public health posters presented cancer as a nemesis to be fought — a trend you still see today.

Vintage Health Posters Early Women

The posters also emphasized that early detection was critical to increasing the chances of survival.

Vintage Health Posters Kills Three

The posters also emphasized that while often terminal, there were multiple treatment options available, and that a cancer diagnosis did not always mean a death sentence.

Vintage Health Posters Bite Scratch

With a public generally uninformed about infection-related risks, public health workers underscored the dangers of everything — from dog bites to injuries in the work place.

Vintage Health Posters Sanitary Diptheria

Public education of toxoids such as the tetanus shot (as well as greatly improved home sanitation) also directly led to the decrease of fatal infections, such as diphtheria.

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All posters here can be found in The Library of Congress Print and Photograph Catalog.


Next, be sure to check out these Soviet-era propaganda posters, or see Communist-era posters for Oscar-worthy Hollywood movies.

What We Loved This Week, Feb. 28 – Mar. 5

A hovering yacht shaped like a pyramid, vintage maps turned into art, the stunning finalists of two prestigious photo contests, and the surprisingly quotable last words of executed criminals.

Schwinge Tetra Super Yacht

The superyacht can carry six passengers and four crewmembers within its carbon-fibre and stainless steel superstructure. Image Source: inhabitat

The Pyramid-Shaped Yacht That Hovers Above The Ocean

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At low speeds, the three hulls on the underside of the craft convey it through the water. When the need for speed arises, the foils kick in to lift the craft up and whisk it away. Image Source: inhabitat

There are few things more likely to turn heads than a luxury yacht, but how to stand out against all the other seafaring behemoths? If this is a problem you currently face, firstly, congratulations, and secondly, take a look at this incredible concept from British designer Jonathan Schwinge. The Tetrahedron Superyacht is lifted above the water thanks to its Hydrofoil Small Waterplane Area Ship propulsion, enabling it to travel far faster than the average craft, all while looking truly spectacular.

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The three sides of the yacht fold down to create deck areas, while horizontal panels slide out for shade. Image Source: inhabitat

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