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Inside Canada's Annual International Hair Freezing Contest

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In Whitehorse, the capital city of Canada’s Yukon Territory, icy locks are the ultimate bizarre fashion statement. As Marie Claire reports, the chilly municipality is home to the International Hair Freezing Contest—a competition held each February during the territory’s annual Sourdough Rendezvous festival.

The festival—taking place from February 17 to February 26—pays homage to the region’s rich history. Events like log tosses, an axe tossing contest, and a “flour packing competition” (participants haul giant loads of flour on their backs while completing an obstacle course) celebrate the 1890s “sourdoughs,” a nickname given to Yukon Goldrush prospectors who made it through at least one Alaska winter, and subsisted on little more than sourdough flapjacks.

The Hair Freezing Contest was added to the mix in 2011 as more of a nod to the icy local climate than to rugged prospectors of yore. Participants hop into the hot springs at a local resort, the Takhini Hot Pools, and get their heads and faces wet. Then, they mold and freeze their hair into a frosted coiffure, and take a photo. The resort evaluates pictures of the ‘dos, and the top three winners are announced in March. Prizes include cash and free soaks in the hot springs.

The next Hair Freezing Contest will be held on February 24. If you’re interested in entering, the Takhini Hot Pools website has a list of tips to help you score the ultimate hypothermic hairstyle. Until then, you can simply enjoy the video below, featuring the contest’s 2015 winners.

[h/t Marie Claire]

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National Geographic Ranks The 25 Happiest Cities in the Country
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Feeling unhappy? Maybe it's time to move. National Geographic recently released rankings of the 25 happiest cities in the U.S. The results: Eight of the 25 locations are in the Golden State, but the honor of No. 1 happiest city goes to Boulder, Colorado.

The rankings are based on 250,000 interviews conducted in 190 metropolitan areas between 2014 and 2015. The survey—developed by Dan Buettner, author of the new book The Blue Zones of Happiness, and Dan Witters, a senior scientist at Gallup—looked for data points that are correlated with life satisfaction and happiness, like whether or not you exercise, if you feel safe in your community, whether you feel like you live within your means, and whether you feel like you are reaching your goals.

A map of the U.S. showing which cities made the top 25 happiest cities index.
Courtesy National Geographic

Of course, all that isn’t necessarily the result of your geographical location. But you don’t see cities like Los Angeles or New York—where wealth is also clustered—on the list, so presumably San Franciscans are doing something a little differently.

Take a look for yourself. Here are the 25 happiest places in the U.S., according to the results.

1. Boulder, Colorado
2. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
3. Charlottesville, Virginia
4. Fort Collins, Colorado
5. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, California
6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
7. Provo-Orem, Utah
8. Bridgeport-Stamford, Connecticut
9. Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
10. Anchorage, Alaska
11. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida
12. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California
13. Salinas, California
14. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
15. Urban Honolulu, Hawaii
16. Ann Arbor, Michigan
17. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California
18. Colorado Springs, Colorado
19. Manchester-Nashua, New Hampshire
20. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
21. Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Virginia/Maryland/West Virginia
22. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota/Wisconsin
23. San Diego-Carlsbad, California
24. Portland-South Portland, Maine
25. Austin-Round Rock, Texas

You can grab a copy of November’s National Geographic to read more about the world’s happiest places.

The cover of Dan Buettner’s The Blue Zones of Happiness and the cover of November 2017’s National Geographic.
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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]


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