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How to live without air conditioning

Could Americans kick our addiction to cool? Maybe more happily than we think.

Beads of sweat are collecting around the small of your back. Your brain feels like it’s suspended in chicken broth. Your eyelids are droopy, and your skin is hot. If only the windows in your office could be opened. If only one of your co-workers had a fan.

If only someone would hurry up and fix the air conditioning.

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