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The Surprisingly Musical Benefits of Donating Blood in Transylvania

The vampire capital of the world has an ingenious way for music lovers to help replenish dangerously low blood bank supplies.

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Dracula, as we all know, “vants to suck your bloooood!” It just so happens, however, that the world’s most notorious vampire isn’t the only Transylvanian interested in your precious bodily fluids. So are the organizers behind Romania’s UNTOLD music festival. But rather than requiring blood to quench an unholy thirst that follows them throughout their immortal lives, the festival staff has a much more noble purpose in mind: To help reverse that country’s dangerously low blood donation rates.

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Looking for Speedy Internet? Bypass the U.S. for Romania

The United States lags behind many nations in internet access and speed, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

In many areas the United States has the advantage over Romania—workers rights, child welfare, lack of former repressive dictators—but the internet is not one of them. Specifically our access to it, and its speed. The latest State of the Internet report, a quarterly review of online trends and digital data from cloud service Akamai, ranked the US at only No. 17 in the world, far behind Japan (No. 4), Israel (No. 5), and yes, Romania (No. 6).

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