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I just spent 4 days at Burning Man and here are the craziest things I saw
Aly Weisman/Business InsiderI just spent four days with 70,000 people at Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert, a remote part of Nevada.
There is no power grid and no running water, yet during this week Black Rock City emerges out of the dust to become the 10th-largest city in Nevada. Despite reports that the festival is losing its edge as wealthy tech titans like Elon Musk, Sergey Brin, and Mark Zuckerberg erect fancy luxury camps, I can report that this year's festival was as wild as ever.
Much like when I first attended two years ago, I saw plenty of nudity, free hugs and massages, attractions like human petting zoos, dozens of weddings and memorial ceremonies, world-class DJs playing on Vegas-style sound systems at all hours of the day and night, buses and tractors turned into party yachts, fire-breathing dragons and other outrageous "art cars," people climbing on giant art installations, and generous offerings of food and alcohol to strangers.
This year also saw unseasonably bad dust storms and freezing temperatures, but that didn't stop 70,000 attendees from having the time of their lives.