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Launched in November 1995 by Alan Webber and Bill Taylor, two former Harvard Business Review editors, Fast Company magazine was founded on a single premise: A global revolution was changing business, and business was changing the world. Discarding the old rules of business, Fast Company set out to chronicle how changing companies create and compete, to highlight new business practices, and to showcase the teams and individuals who are inventing the future and reinventing business.

Artful masks let you wear the smile of William Shakespeare and Florence Nightingale

Ron Arad designs masks depicting the smiles of William Shakespeare and Florence Nightingale, as well as grinning portraits taken from paintings by Picasso, Matisse, and Dalí.

Even if you’ve perfected the art of “smizing”—a craft named by Tyra Banks that gives the impression of a smile by slightly squinting your eyes without moving any of your face below—the now ubiquitous face mask leaves a person with a lot of blank canvas to work with below the eyes. A new fundraiser for Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) called “Smile for our NHS” puts that canvas to good use, with a series of masks depicting famous artists from the nose down.

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Let’s take a moment to celebrate an unsung hero of the quarantine—your couch

Artist Max Siedentopf crowdsources photos of people under lockdown to create the world’s longest couch. Enjoy it—from the comfort of your couch.

Millions of us are stuck at home with nowhere to go and no one to see. Our home has become our work, our school, and our recreational space. And by proxy, the living room couch has grown more important, too. It’s the Swiss Army knife of cushioned seats, a place where we can take a board meeting or binge on Netflix.

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Trump wants to treat COVID-19 with UV light. Here’s why that wouldn’t work

UV light is a powerful sterilizer against COVID-19. But its use cases are limited.

There is no cure for COVID-19, no way to mitigate its virus in our bodies other than our own antibodies. But that hasn’t stopped people from suggesting otherwise. After writing about copper’s ability to kill the virus behind COVID-19, I had a reader reach out, asking if consuming copper might cure the disease. (Copper is toxic.) Similarly, upon hearing that ultraviolet waves of light, which are projected by the sun, could kill the virus behind COVID-19, President Trump began speculating as to how it might purify our bodies at his press conference on Thursday.

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‘Stressed AF’: These new emoji perfectly sum up our new reality

For anyone who needs a salty way to express their current struggles.

Messaging services like Slack have taken over our lives even more than they had before. In fact, it’s really the only way I communicate with my colleagues now that we aren’t together in the office anymore. And over the course of the day, much of our communication defaults to emoji: a thumbs up to indicate “message received,” a flame for an especially hot take, a laughing smiley (often paired with a sobbing one), to show you’re in on the joke.

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Gave up on your New Year’s resolutions? Recharge your creativity with this no-nonsense advice

Some good f*cking advice for creative roadblocks.

So you gave up on your New Year’s resolutions. I’m sorry to hear that. It sounds like you might need some tough love to get back on track. And while I’m not going to give that to you, Jason Bacher, Brian Buirge, and Jason Richburg will. They’re the authors of a new book called Do the F*cking Work: Lowbrow Advice for High-Level Creativity, and its chock-full of pithy, expletive-laden words of wisdom for the creative who needs some common sense advice—advice so straight to the point you might feel like someone slapped you across the face with it. But, in a snap-out-of-it good way, okay? Here are a few key pieces of advice from the book:

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In Chicago, an iconic artist-designed mini golf course gets a second life

“Par Excellence Redux” reimagines a high-concept putt-putt exhibition from 1988.

Thirty-two years ago, Chicago’s art scene made history when an exhibit called “Par Excellence” debuted at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This was the first artist-designed golf course ever created, and museum-goers experienced recreation and art intertwined in new way.

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