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This week’s top stories: Russia’s horrifying and accurately named “zombie drug,” the New York Nazi town still fighting to stay pure, handy 100-year-old life hacks, the adventurers who walk on cliff edges and inside volcanoes, and aerial photography that turns cities into acid trips.

Yaphank Ny Hitler Street Sign

Image Source: The New York Times

The New York Nazi Town Still Fighting To Stay Pure

Yaphank Ny Nazi March

Image Source: The New York Times

Just 50 miles west of New York City’s borough of Queens–often cited as the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world–lies the small, exclusively white, hamlet of Yaphank. And it’s no coincidence that Yaphank ended up that way. In the 1930s, the town was founded by the German American Settlement League, an offshoot of the Bund, the nationwide American network of Nazi sympathizers. Parades featuring swastika-adorned flags marched through the town and hundreds flocked to its Nazi summer camp.

Today, the German American Settlement League, which still essentially controls the town, is fighting to retain its law that any homeowner must be of primarily German extraction (unofficially: they must be white). One couple, former residents, are now taking the league to court, and shedding well-deserved light on Yaphank’s troubling past and present. Go in-depth at The New York Times.

Yaphank Ny Welcome Sign

Image Source: The New York Times

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Photo Of The Day: The Magnificent Spanish Church 133 Years In The Making

Gaudi Sagrada Familia

Image Source: National Geographic

“My client is not in a hurry.”

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí’s words couldn’t ring more true as his marvelous masterwork Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family, commonly known as La Sagrada Família, finally enters its final phase of construction.

The soaring Roman Catholic basilica has been under construction in Barcelona since 1883, when Gaudí became the chief architect. He worked on the church for 43 years, transforming the then-modest Gothic church into a breathtaking structure, until his life was tragically taken in a fatal tram accident, in 1926. At the time, just a quarter of his project had been completed.

The most-visited monument in Spain rises hundreds of feet above downtown Barcelona and attracts some 3 million visitors a year. After Gaudí’s death, it was widely believed the Sagrada Família would never be completed, with some even believing it should remain unfinished.

But after 133 years, the current chief architect, Jordi Faulí, has finally announced a completion date sometime in 2026, on the centennial of Gaudí’s death. With more than 70% of the structure completed, the tallest religious building in Europe will tower at 564 feet tall and have 18 towers by the time it is, at long last, complete.

Photo Of The Day: Slacklining Over Rio de Janeiro


Two men dressed in women’s clothing slacklining across Rio de Janiero’s Cantagalo favela. Image Source: The Guardian

The Highgirls Brasil festival in Rio de Janeiro includes a slackline competition where male participants compete in female attire. Slacklining is essentially tightrope walking, but the rope being walked upon isn’t pulled completely taut. These particular participants are balancing on a rope strung between rocks in the Cantagalo favela.

Slacklining started in the 1980s in Yosemite National Park, but it has picked up momentum on the beaches of Rio in the past couple of years. Facebook groups like Slackchat and Slackcouch have created an entire community of people who enjoy walking the rope. While some of the most extreme slackliners do stunts like slacklining between buildings and high mountaintops, the majority of slacklining is done around three feet above ground. For the adrenaline addicts, however, there is the Highgirls Brasil festival and slacklining in dresses.

Photo Of The Day: Sergeant Stubby, WWI’s Most Decorated Dog Soldier


Stubby, pictured in his battle vest that was eventually filled with medals. Image Source: Niume

Members of the 102nd Infantry Regiment were training at Yale in 1917 when a stray puppy roamed into their midst. Little did the soldiers know that the puppy watching them run drills would travel to the Western Front in France, participate in 17 battles, rise to the rank of sergeant, and become a national icon.

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