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From a marathon mom to curly hair fixes, here’s the best of OZY this week.

This week we met two women who are overcoming significant challenges to fight for what they believe in: a marathon champion who, as a devout ultra-Orthodox Jew, competes in full clothing and a prominent advocate for veterans seeking treatment for being exposed to toxic fumes.

And we shared the uplifting tale of a breast cancer survivor who found strength in an invisible guitar.

Read on for stories about a game-changing invention, an uber-boozy cake, online help for curls and what’s perhaps the greatest hoax of all time. Here are our favorites on OZY this week.

No. 1: Follicle First: How a Tennis Racket for Hair Became a Multimillion-Dollar Business

Why You Should Care: Because innovative products can come from the strangest of places.

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No. 2: Going the Distance: Can This Ultra-Orthodox Mother of 5 Run All the Way to the Olympics?

Why You Should Care: Beatie Deutsch first went on a fun run to stay in shape four years ago. Now she’s a marathon champion.

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No. 3: Fast Forward: How Immigrants Are Shaping the Future of Ireland’s Gaelic Sports

Why You Should Care: Gaelic football and hurling now have a new, multicultural face.

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No. 4: True Story: A Breast Cancer Survivor’s Survival Guide? Try Air Guitar

Why You Should Care: Because happy solutions trump not-so-happy problems.

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No. 5: Climbing Temps: Climate Change Is Already Claiming the Alps

Why You Should Care: Warming hits some environments faster than others — and that could be catastrophic for central Europe.

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No. 6: Drink Your Dessert: This Black Forest Cherry Cake Is Boozier Than Your Favorite Liqueur

Why You Should Care: This version of Germany’s famous cake — the original recipe — is super fresh and also super potent.

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No. 7: Toxin Tackle: Fighting the Agent Orange Battle of the 9/11 Generation

Why You Should Care: Because Rosie Torres’ battle over toxic fumes isn’t going away.

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No. 8: Hair!: Want to Have Amazing Curls? Start With Reddit

Why You Should Care: Because this 250,000-strong online community helps turn every day into a good (curly) hair day.

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No. 9: Immodest Proposal: Sex Cam Sites Should Dole Out Mental Health Advice

Why You Should Care: Because some people could gain much-needed help and therapy this way.

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No. 10: Big Trick: Was the Cardiff Giant the Greatest Hoax of All Time?

Why You Should Care: Because if there is a sucker born every minute, there is a huckster born every hour.

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