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Drag Queen Story Hour | New York Public Library // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Drag Queen Story Hour | New York Public Library // 60 Second Docs

Drag Queen Story Hour at the New York Public Library is exactly what it sounds like: drag queens reading picture books to children. Angel Elektra, who is gay, grew up in a Christian household where she had to keep her sexuality a secret. Now a queen, she’s reading to kids at the story hour to promote acceptance of what makes us unique, acknowledgement of our shared humanity, and love for ourselves.

Books for Barbershops | Barbershop Books // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Books for Barbershops | Barbershop Books // 60 Second Docs

With low reading engagement and literacy rates still a problem in black communities, Barbershop Books, the debut program from Harlem’s Reading Holiday Project, Inc., is Alvin Irby’s attempt to even the playing field. Though the project began in NYC, its founder Irby, who won the 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize, is taking it to a national level. By creating child-friendly reading spaces like miniature libraries in barbershops, involving male role models in boys' early reading experiences, and connecting literacy to a community male-centered space, it’s a movement to help young boys of color love reading -- and be proud of it.

Weed Chocolate | Kiva Confections // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Weed Chocolate | Kiva Confections // 60 Second Docs

Kristi Knoblich Palmer started Kiva Confections, a company that produces and sells weed chocolate, to help remove stigma and build knowledge around recreational cannabis. With medical marijuana now legal in 26+ states, Palmer’s California-based company is working to help clients find the right treatments for issues like insomnia and pain. And some of their candy really packs a punch, such as high-dose edibles like the Kiva milk chocolate mint Irish cream -- which contains a whopping 180mg of psychoactive THC.

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Published: August 17, 2017Updated: August 18, 2017
Art of Bondage | Shibari Teacher // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Art of Bondage | Shibari Teacher // 60 Second Docs

In Japanese, shibari simply means “to tie.” And for those who practice the art, it’s a way to use rope bondage as a way of tapping into vulnerability and erotic spirituality. While some consider it sexual, shibari can be either erotic or platonic. In this women-only bondage class, instructor Victoria ties BDSM to female empowerment while teaching her students the ropes.

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Published: August 17, 2017Updated: August 18, 2017
Internet Exhibitionist // 60 Second Docs1m11s

Internet Exhibitionist // 60 Second Docs

A 24-year-old graduate student reveals her secret life as an online exhibitionist. Stripping down and posting mainly to Reddit’s /r/gonewild -- a community of over one million people -- she takes off her clothes and posts for the social interaction, the rush, and the unusual intimacy of it all. For her, it’s a feeling like none other, and if she doesn’t mind, why should anyone else?

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Published: August 17, 2017Updated: August 18, 2017
Professional Lumberjack | Iron Jill Erin Lavoie // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Professional Lumberjack | Iron Jill Erin Lavoie // 60 Second Docs

Women are taking on the male-dominated sport of competitive lumberjacking, and 34-year-old lumberjill Erin Lavoie, a veteran of the Lumberjack World Championships, leads the pack. Taking care not to miss while wood chopping -- and risk hacking off a toe -- takes not just bravery but also finesse, and CrossFit athlete/Iron Jill World Champion Lavoie has both. The three-year reigning champion in the underhand chop -- who also holds the 2010 Guinness Book World Record for chopping 27 Christmas trees in 2 minutes -- recently upped her training, which also includes axe throwing, to compete in the Stihl Timbersports Series, a historically all-male competition that just began admitting female competitors in 2017.

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Published: August 17, 2017Updated: August 18, 2017
Weed Kingpin | Marijuana Don Michael Straumietis // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Weed Kingpin | Marijuana Don Michael Straumietis // 60 Second Docs

After years of trouble with the law, Michael ‘Big Mike’ Straumietis moved to Canada with a fake name and a deep knowledge of cannabis to establish Advanced Nutrients, a top-selling hydroponic fertilizer company. Known as the Marijuana Don, Straumietis has made millions from his 34-year career growing weed, and now showcases a life of luxury and debauchery on social media, where he seeks to claim the title “King of Instagram.”

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Published: August 17, 2017Updated: August 18, 2017
Redhead Rock Band | White Mystery // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Redhead Rock Band | White Mystery // 60 Second Docs

Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White of Chicago are White Mystery, a brother and sister rock duo that’s played nearly a thousand shows across three different continents since forming in 2008. With their matching red locks and their redheaded rock band, these siblings are proud to be gingers and spread a message of self-acceptance in the face of stereotype.

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Published: August 17, 2017Updated: August 18, 2017
Yarn Bombing // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Yarn Bombing // 60 Second Docs

Longtime yarn bomber and fabric artist Julie Kornblum, a member of the Yarn Bombing Los Angeles collective, loves to make street art. Her medium of choice is yarn bombing -- aka yarn storming, guerilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting -- a type of street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn instead of paint or chalk. Knitting and purling their work to trees, street signs and city poles, Kornblum and her fellow artists see it as both an act of rebellion, and a powerful statement of freedom.

Cosplay Queen | Lyz Brickley // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Cosplay Queen | Lyz Brickley // 60 Second Docs

Instagram cosplay queen Lyz Brickley is known as a cosplay icon by her mass of fans on YouTube and social media. Brickley, who used to be a model before pivoting into nerdom, transforms into popular video game and fantasy novel characters from Overwatch, Zelda, and Lord of the Rings -- such as Mercy, Link, and Gandalf the Grey -- and makes regular visits to conventions and events where she rocks candy-colored wigs, full metal suits of armor, and giant anime swords at her leisure.

Senior Cheerleaders | Durham Divas // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Senior Cheerleaders | Durham Divas // 60 Second Docs

The Durham Divas, a group of senior African American cheerleaders in Durham, North Carolina, got together in the early 2000s after 74-year-old Louise Gooche beat colon cancer, then decided to live her dream and tick an item off her bucket list by starting a cheerleading squad. Today, they’re a team with 10+ female senior cheerleaders and at least one man, all who compete together in the annual N.C. Senior Games. They root for and support each other in both fitness (Gooche did her first splits at age 62) and life.

Monster Mike Schultz | Bionic Biker // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Monster Mike Schultz | Bionic Biker // 60 Second Docs

Seven months after a serious snowmobile racing injury left him with an amputated leg, professional athlete “Monster” Mike Schultz was back on the track. Combining his love for racing and his skill with tools, Mike designed and built his own prosthetic leg, called the Moto Knee, and now runs a company called Biodapt. It’s already helped him medal 7 times at the ESPN Summer X Games, where he still dominates in adaptive snocross and motocross -- and 100+ other athletes, amputees and wounded soldiers are using prosthetics made by Mike.

Pay-It-Forward Pizza | Rosa’s Fresh Pizza // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Pay-It-Forward Pizza | Rosa’s Fresh Pizza // 60 Second Docs

At Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, pies aren’t just for paying customers. In a pay-it-forward pizza initiative that began three years ago, people who lunch at the neighborhood pizzeria can donate a dollar and provide a slice for homeless people who otherwise can't afford it, using a system of Post-It notes to keep track of slices that can be redeemed. So far, says owner Mason Wartman, the community has given away more than 150,000 free slices -- plus an immeasurable amount of dignity -- to the homeless.

Off-Road Kid // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Off-Road Kid // 60 Second Docs

10-year-old Austin Thompson isn’t an average kid -- he’s also a top competitor in the World Off Road Championship Series, racing in 170 class events. With his younger sister as his co-pilot and support from his cheering parents at every race, Austin’s family believe it takes a shared effort to succeed in competitive off-roading -- and in life.

The People Walker | Chuck McCarthy // 60 Second Docs1m06s

The People Walker | Chuck McCarthy // 60 Second Docs

Chuck McCarthy of Los Angeles, California, is a professional people walker. For $7 a mile, The People Walker will escort you wherever you need to go, acting as a chaperone/chauffeur hybrid who doubles as a therapist, a friend and whatever else you seek in a sidewalk stroll. What’s more, Chuck, who’s also an actor, benefits too: he’s lost weight, made new friends, and found new perspectives while running -- that is, walking -- his own business.

Dog Hair Clothes | Knit Your Dog // 60 Second Docs1m13s

Dog Hair Clothes | Knit Your Dog // 60 Second Docs

Jeannie Sanke of Evanston, Illinois, knits with one of the world’s most unusual materials: wool from dog hair. A proud mom to multiple dogs, Jeannie realized one day that their endless supply of hair didn’t have to go to waste -- then picked up her drop spindle and started to knit. Now she sells these completely cruelty-free clothes in her Etsy shop, Knit Your Dog, where people pay her as much as $800 for a dog hair sweater.

Kid Bull Rider | Ryder Carpenetti // 60 Second Docs1m11s

Kid Bull Rider | Ryder Carpenetti // 60 Second Docs

According to his father, 10-year-old bull rider Ryder Carpenetti is a different breed of kid. Ryder, who’s been riding mini-bulls competitively since he was 7, isn’t afraid to hop on and go. When it’s time for him to compete, he heads to the ring, lets the bull start kicking and jumping, and hangs on tight.

Floating Babies | Baby Spa // 60 Second Docs1m09s

Floating Babies | Baby Spa // 60 Second Docs

Kristi Ison of Houston, Texas founded Float Baby, a spa for babies, as a way to improve babies' early cognitive and physical strength through water therapy and neonatal massage. Not only can infants benefit, but moms and dads also get to escape the isolation of parenting at home. And there are few things more fascinating than a pack of newborn babies bobbing, buoyed by water wings in a warm bath.

Bug Chef | David George Gordon // 60 Second Docs1m05s

Bug Chef | David George Gordon // 60 Second Docs

The Bug Chef, aka David George Gordon, released an insect-based cookbook in 1998 and has been cooking with bugs ever since, a traveling chef sautéing scorpions for cheering crowds. Rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, two billion people are already eating bugs; Gordon’s just bringing gourmets up to speed. As our population grows another billion in the next 40 years, Gordon warns that humans will have to find alternate protein sources to spare the environment -- and he thinks bugs are just the superfood we need.

Gunpowder Art | Paint With Gunpowder // 60 Second Docs1m06s

Gunpowder Art | Paint With Gunpowder // 60 Second Docs

Wyoming-based artist Danny Shervin paints with gunpowder. He stumbled upon the unusual technique in college, and his work soon blew up. Now, he uses a brush to arrange powder on canvas in the likenesses of wildlife -- owls, bears, and fish -- lights his work on fire, then shares the results with his 380,000 fans on Facebook. On his website, Paint With Gunpowder, these stunning works of gunpowder art sell for up to $5,000 apiece.

Teddy Bears for Cancer | Project 365 // 60 Second Docs1m11s

Teddy Bears for Cancer | Project 365 // 60 Second Docs

Inspiration struck when 13-year-old Campbell Remess of Tasmania, Australia realized that very sick kids, particularly those fighting cancer, had to spend holidays in the hospital. He yearned to give every kid in his local hospital a teddy bear for comfort, but his family couldn’t afford it. Instead, then-9-year-old Campbell learned how to use a sewing machine, founded Project 365, and started making teddy bears himself. Now he’s gifted hundreds of unique and comforting stuffed bears to families all over the world -- all for the love of giving back.

Latte Artist | World Latte Art Champion // 60 Second Docs1m08s

Latte Artist | World Latte Art Champion // 60 Second Docs

Caleb Tiger Cha, aka @calebtiger on Instagram, took an unusual path in becoming a latte artist. The Seoul, Korea native began his career in financial consulting, but felt something missing. So Cha moved to Australia, but had trouble finding a job -- until he realized Melbourne was a coffee capital and connected the dots. Now the 2015 World Latte Art champion etches tigers, unicorns and more into flawlessly foamy drinks, capitalizing perfectly on the marriage of ephemeral beauty and coffee that is latte art.

Dog Stylist | Jess Rona Grooming // 60 Second Docs1m15s

Dog Stylist | Jess Rona Grooming // 60 Second Docs

Dog stylist Jess Rona of Los Angeles gives pups first-rate cuts and blowouts, and the videos she makes documenting her process are viral smash hits. As stylist to the pets of stars like Katy Perry and Kaskade, her fame’s growing faster than her client list (sorry, no vacancies). Don’t have a dog, but still want to see slow-mo films featuring fluffy pups and spot-on soundtracks? The magic happens @JessRonaGrooming.

Butterfly Keeper | San Francisco Botanical Garden // 60 Second Docs1m11s

Butterfly Keeper | San Francisco Botanical Garden // 60 Second Docs

Tim Wong, a biologist who volunteers as a butterfly keeper at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, has raised a kaleidoscope of butterflies in his backyard. Inspired by the insect’s delicate, ethereal beauty, Wong works to build butterfly populations as their natural habitats shrink, threatened by industrial development. On Instagram as @timtast1c, he shares images of their vivid colorings and exquisite features -- all to remind us why butterflies, which pollinate crops, are essential to our world.

6-Year-Old Weightlifting Kid // 60 Second Docs1m11s

6-Year-Old Weightlifting Kid // 60 Second Docs

6-year-old John Durant is a weightlifting kid who loves to work out. After his father encouraged him to start learning proper form at age 4, John moved on to squats, cleans and snatches with a real bar and weights. With a PR of 42 pounds and two sessions weekly in the weight room, John gets stronger and stronger, even as his training timeline leaves some people wondering: how young is too young to start lifting weights?