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I followed a different horoscope every day for a week and it bullshat on my soul

I followed a different horoscope every day for a week and it bullshat on my soul

Hopes&Fears challenged a spiritually cynical writer to live by a different horoscope every day for a week. This is his story.

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I called back everyone who texted me for a week

I called back everyone who texted me for a week

Hopes&Fears challenged a writer to call everyone who texted her for one week. Her friends are still wondering what happened.

I commented on every Facebook thread in my feed for 72 hours
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I commented on every Facebook thread in my feed for 72 hours

And realized that nothing I do is of any consequence before the great gaping maw of the void.

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I let strangers make all my decisions for a week and wound up sobbing in an Uber

I let strangers make all my decisions for a week and wound up sobbing in an Uber

We challenged a writer to ask complete strangers to make her decisions for her. This is what happened to her vacation.

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I was a shameless self-promoter for a week and no one called me on my fake book

I was a shameless self-promoter for a week and no one called me on my fake book

Hope&Fears challenged one writer to shill for herself on social media and in real life. Here's what happened when she became a good little neoliberal.

Pole dancing, naked yoga, punk rope: a week inside the weirdest fitness classes in NYC
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Pole dancing, naked yoga, punk rope: a week inside the weirdest fitness classes in NYC

Hopes&Fears challenged one writer to try the most niche exercise offerings on the market. Here’s how she fared.

I lived ethically for a week and made children cry
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I lived ethically for a week and made children cry

Hopes&Fears challenges one writer to pursue moral purity. But the costs are high, especially when testing out the patience of her friends.

I didn't shower for a week and got a staph infection, but I'm a lucky idiot
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I didn't shower for a week and got a staph infection, but I'm a lucky idiot

Hopes&Fears challenged a friend not to bathe or groom herself for a week. This is her story.

I overshared for a week and people questioned my mental health
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I overshared for a week and people questioned my mental health

Hopes&Fears challenged a friend to post about everything she was doing or feeling for a week. This is her story.

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The hazardous waterparks of two Berlins

The hazardous waterparks of two Berlins

We sent a writer to Berlin, Germany and then Berlin, New Jersey to scoop the scene and ride some waves. This is his story.

I made the worst Kickstarter ever and it got funded
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I made the worst Kickstarter ever and it got funded

Hopes&Fears challenged a friend to make a "viral" Kickstarter. It got weird, so we asked a professional PR company to evaluate it. This is her story (and their commentary).

I stopped dressing "slutty" for a week
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I stopped dressing "slutty" for a week

Zoë Ligon decided to experiment with dressing very modestly for a week. This is her story.

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I lived a day on the flip of a coin and realized my life is a sham

I lived a day on the flip of a coin and realized my life is a sham

Hopes&Fears asked a friend to make all of his decisions based on a flip of a coin for a day. This is his story.

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I listened to my mom for a week and stopped wearing all black everything

I listened to my mom for a week and stopped wearing all black everything

Hopes&Fears challenged a friend to obey her mother for a week.

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I kept track of my trash for a week and realized America is built on garbage

I kept track of my trash for a week and realized America is built on garbage

We asked a friend to write down every last thing she threw away for a week and to think long and hard about it. This is her story.

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Sousveillance and the impossibility of not being seen in New York City

Sousveillance and the impossibility of not being seen in New York City

Hopes&Fears challenged a friend to document and avoid surveillance cameras for a week. This is his story.

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I tried Polyphasic sleep for a week and it felt like LSD

I tried Polyphasic sleep for a week and it felt like LSD

Hopes&Fears challenged a friend to adopt a Polyphasic sleep schedule for a week. This is her story.

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I tried to make a meme and lost my mind

I tried to make a meme and lost my mind

Hopes&Fears challenged our artist friend Sam Rolfes to attempt making a viral meme every day for a week. This is his story.

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I only spoke when spoken to for a week and became a bulldozing bitch

I only spoke when spoken to for a week and became a bulldozing bitch

Hopes&Fears challenged a friend to not initiate any conversations—spoken, e-mail or text—for a week. This is her story.

We took a 1997 Lonely Planet tourist guide to New York City and tried to use it in 2015
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We took a 1997 Lonely Planet tourist guide to New York City and tried to use it in 2015

What has changed? What has stayed the same? Is the city described in the guide the same city that exists today? We've scoured the pages and walked the maps. Here's what we found.