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Capt. Jake Owens knew the Afghans often communicated through parables, and he had inherited a favorite from a mentor. He holds up an apple and asks, “How many apples do you see?” Most people answer, “One.” “How many seeds are in the apple?” asks Owens. Say you guess eight. “What happens if you plant those eight seeds?” You get eight trees and, of course, all the apples they produce. “So how many apples am I holding in my hand?” Owens asks again.
“I practiced that parable over and over and over with my linguist,” Owens says. “Until I got it right.”

From “The World’s Hardest Consulting Gig,” part of Fast Company’s Startup: Afghanistan package.

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Capt. Jake Owens knew the Afghans often communicated through parables, and he had inherited a favorite from a mentor. He holds up an apple and asks, “How many apples do you see?” Most people answer, “One.” “How many seeds are in the apple?” asks Owens. Say you guess eight. “What happens if you plant those eight seeds?” You get eight trees and, of course, all the apples they produce. “So how many apples am I holding in my hand?” Owens asks again.

“I practiced that parable over and over and over with my linguist,” Owens says. “Until I got it right.”

From “The World’s Hardest Consulting Gig,” part of Fast Company’s Startup: Afghanistan package.

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This 300-MPH Bullet Train Will Take You From D.C. To New York In An Hour

Investors in the Northeast Maglev (TNEM), an American company with funding from a Japanese government bank, say that a superconducting magnetic levitation train is the future of transportation between Washington, D.C. and New York City. If successful, the Northeast Maglev would carry passengers one way in 60 minutes, and from Baltimore to D.C. in 15 minutes. (Magnets! How do they work?)

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Pregnant couples sleep differently. Not only is a woman instructed not to sleep on her back, she’s forced to negotiate aching, snoring, indigestion, gratuitous breasts, and a giant belly. And as a man in bed, you’re constantly aware of that belly—so you don’t fight for covers as much, and you’re always careful when you flip. You sleep so much worse and more clumsily, but also so much more tenderly than ever before.

It’s a feeling captured by Jana Romanova’s photo series Waiting, in which she stayed overnight with young pregnant couples across Russia, just to sneak in their bedrooms around dawn