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How to Put On a 200 Pound Turban

I’ve long been obsessed with this gorgeous photo series from Mark Hartman of pictures of Sikh gentlemen wearing massive turbans. Traditionally, Sikhs keep their hair uncut, and many choose to wear their hair in turbans. But few spend as much time corralling those locks as Baba Avtar Singh.

This lovely short video, directed by Hartman for Vogue, follows Singh as he wraps 2460 feet of fabric around his hair, then adds an extra 100 pounds of beautiful silver accessories to the mix. The whole process, which takes Singh around 2 hours every morning, is condensed here. But watching how effortlessly he moves around after he gets that 200 pound bundle together is stunning (especially since he needs help to stand on occasion). And seeing him race around town on his motorbike is truly delightful. If you have a few minutes, it’s definitely worth watching.

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China Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Restore the Great Wall
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The Great Wall of China has been standing proudly for thousands of years—but now, it needs your help. CNN reports that the wall has fallen into disrepair and the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation has launched an online crowdfunding campaign to raise money for restorations.

Stretching 13,000 miles across northern China, the Great Wall was built in stages starting from the third century BCE and reaching completion in the 16th century. To some degree, though, it’s always been under construction. For centuries, individuals and organizations have periodically repaired and rebuilt damaged sections. However, the crowdfunding campaign marks the first time the internet has gotten involved in the preservation of the ancient icon. The China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation is trying to raise $1.6 million (11 million yuan) to restore the wall, and has so far raised $45,000 (or 300,000 yuan).

Fundraising coordinator Dong Yaohui tells the BBC that, although the Chinese government provides some funds for wall repairs, it’s not enough to fix all of the damage: "By pooling the contribution of every single individual, however small it is, we will be able to form a great wall to protect the Great Wall," he said.

[h/t CNN]

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These Glowing Worms Mimic Shining Stars
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The glow worms of New Zealand's Waitomo caves produce light, mimicking the starry night sky. Using sticky goop, they catch moths and other flying creatures unfortunate enough to flutter into the "starry" cavern. Beautiful and icky in equal parts, this Deep Look video takes you inside the cave, and up close with these worms. Enjoy:

There's also a nice write-up with animated GIFs if you're not in the mood for video. Want more glow worms? Check out this beautiful timelapse in a similar cave, or our list of 19 Places You Won't Believe Exist topped by—you guessed it—New Zealand's Glowworm Caves!

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