Everyone can train and diet to make them more visible, but at the end of the day, they are not a measurement of fitness and health

This week, comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani posted a shirtless photo on Instagram, revealing a new, ripped physique with visible, countable abdominal muscles. Nanjiani, in his post, explained that he decided to get jacked for his role in the Marvel movie The Eternals and credits his new look to a…


The long history of hair transplants, and why they’re suddenly so popular

Kirk Peffer, 39, started noticeably losing his hair in his late twenties.

“It was just like a slow, gradual decline to a point where you’re like, ‘Man, I really wish I could do something about this,’” says the on-air jockey for 94.5 Bay FM in San Jose, CA. …


High costs and lack of coverage are pushing people to online PT

Various fitness equipment such as yoga mats, exercise balls, free weights, and rubber bands projecting out of a phone screen.

Trusting the internet for medical advice has always been a crapshoot. A runny nose paired with a vivid imagination can quickly metastasize to a terminal prognosis from a number of sources, and often you don’t know the qualifications and motivations of social media advice-givers. But 27.5 million Americans don’t have…


The company promises EMTs a “flexible schedule” and “a path to entrepreneurship.”

Cory, a 26-year-old emergency medical services professional, had been working in southern California for several years when he started seeing teal ambulances, emblazoned with the words “Ambulnz,” zipping around Los Angeles. Founded in 2015, Ambulnz transplanted the push-button ride hailing model to non-emergency medical transport, offering on-demand patient transport services…


American customers are paying big bucks to import tiny tubes of toothpaste

On the r/LegalAdvice subreddit, readers can “ask simple legal questions” like how to handle a $60,000 inheritance, or what to do when your car is repossessed, or whether an individual has legal recourse if an ex deletes a college thesis. On January 7, 2016, a poster sought advice on the…


The popular team-building activity that literally broke me

I was never particularly curious to experience the sensation of falling out of an airplane. But in the summer of 2015, out of a sense of obligation, I stood in front a vertical wind tunnel in Tukwila, Washington.

At the time, I was working at Amazon as a marketing specialist…


An Indian-American writer reacts to a recent advice column on “foreign” names

I’m not mad, exactly. And betrayed isn’t the right word, either — I don’t really seek out advice columns, and I’m not a regular Dear Abby reader, so her recent highly publicized, casually racist edition doesn’t make me feel like anyone has let me down. …


The #dogavi trend is just the beginning. Why are there so many racist pets out there?

It’s a simple phenomenon, but once you see it, it’s impossible to ignore. A large social media account posts something vaguely race-related, like, say, a CNN report on Colin Kaepernick. Scroll down through the replies and you’ll find thinly veiled or just blatantly racist statements. Note the profile photo (the…


Your favorite children’s folk singer was woke before woke was a thing

Raffi Cavoukian warned us. He warned us about the dangers of capitalism, the robot apocalypse, climate change, and most of all, the rise of fascism in the Trump era. Have you been paying attention, or are you still just humming “Down by the Bay” like a fool?

We’re in…


The latest iPhone might be made of surgical-grade steel and have beyond-DSLR photo specs, but if one rings in a room full of iPhones, can you tell the difference? Since practically everyone — or better put, practically everyone with an iPhone — uses the default “Marimba” ringtone, it’s unlikely.

Ashwin Rodrigues

freelance writer. based in NY.

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