What We Loved This Week, Jul. 31 – Aug. 6

Published August 5, 2016
Updated August 10, 2016

California’s weed nuns, rock stars before they were famous, pandas heading back to the wild, 1970s cocaine paraphernalia ads, modern border walls around the world.

Meet The California Nuns Who Grow Weed

California Weed Nuns

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When you think of a Catholic nun, we’re pretty sure you don’t envision a joint in hand.

Well, the Sisters of the Valley are far from ordinary. While they wear habits and modest clothing, these spiritual Sisters are growing medical marijuana on their California land.

The Sisters are not only famous for their homemade salves, tinctures, and oils, but also for becoming leading cannabis activists in the campaign to normalize marijuana. Last week, they even showed their support at the Democratic National Convention.

Photographer Soraya Matos spent a day with the nuns at their home to capture a glimpse of their marijuana-filled lives. View more at Vice.

California Weed Nuns 2

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California Weed Nuns 3

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Rock Stars Before They Were Famous

Johnny Rotten

Vintage EverydayJohn Lyndon aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols.

Yes, it’s true, mega-famous musicians were children before they became legends. Some were dorky, some were cool, but they were all cute. These adorable childhood photos show what your favorite stars looked like before you knew their music.

Check out more pictures at Vintage Everyday.

Jimmy Page

Vintage EverydayJimmy Page of Led Zeppelin

Courtney Love

Vintage EverydayCourtney Love of Hole

How Pandas Are Prepping For A “Wild” Journey


Ami Vitale/National Geographic

Amid dwindling panda population figures, the Chinese have perfected the art of panda breeding. But just what happens when these pandas are released from captivity and introduced to the wild?

While most pandas bred by the Chinese are kept in captivity — thus offering a boon to the tourism industry — some cubs are being trained for re-wilding in Hetaoping.

For humans, this training entails wearing a full-body panda costume scented with panda urine so that pandas don’t get accustomed to humans. For pandas, they begin the process in a cell, after which they move to a large fenced in habitat where the mother can reach it, and eventually, researchers hope, re-wilded.

Learn more about the process at National Geographic.


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Breeding Center

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