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Carwow, a UK startup that helps you buy a new car, raises $39M Series C

Carwow, a platform that helps you buy a new car, has closed $39 million in Series C funding. The round was led by new investor Vitruvian Partners, with existing investors Accel Partners and Balderton Capital also participating. At todays exchange rate it brings total funding to approximately $62.6 million. Founded in late 2010, Carwow originally launched as a car review aggregator before pivoting to become a site that claims to improve the experience of buying a new car. It allows consumers to compare offers online and buy directly from trusted…

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How Facebook groups bring people closer together neo-Nazis included

Mark Zuckerbergs new mission is to bring the world closer together. But Facebook groups can unite extremists as easily as they serve hobbyists Ricky Caya was looking for something. A 43-year-old postal service worker and father of two in Quebec, he felt unsettled and unconnected. The great social movements of the 1960s, the American civil rights movement, flower power, the big trade union movements people today dont have that, he said. So when a Facebook post crossed his news feed promoting a new organization that sought to bring together good…

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The Ultimate Vacation: Carnival Cruises Is Now Offering A Celebrity-Sighting Cruise Where It Crashes A Boat Into George Clooneys House

Youve got to love a company thats not afraid to innovate, and it looks like Carnival Cruises is about to turn the cruise industry upside down. The worlds largest cruise line just unveiled a celebrity-sighting cruise that spends a luxurious week at sea before ramming into George Clooneys house. Now heres a company that knows what people want! Carnival has really pulled out all the stops to make this latest cruise a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. The all-inclusive vacation package includes an incredible seafood buffet, an onboard movie theater, and the…

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Sierra Leone bans jogging in groups after police say they are ‘menacing’

Police announce immediate ban, accusing runners of obstructing traffic, insulting people and playing loud music Police in Sierra Leone have banned group jogging in the street on the grounds that it encourages disruptive behaviour. Police headquarters has observed with dismay that people are in the habit of jogging in large numbers along the streets with a hint of menace, raining insults, obstructing traffic, pounding on vehicles, playing loud music, and snatching property from other members of the public, police in the west African state announced. The letter, dated 27 July,…

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6 Tactics To Win Any Argument That Would Be Perfect If They Didnt Also Attract Baboons In Heat

Looking to decisively win an argument? These strategies are rhetorically bulletproof, but full disclaimer, they will attract sexually aroused female baboons. 1. Use facts to back up your point: If you have the hard data to support your viewpoint, you will make it very difficult for another person to contradict you. Unfortunately, factual evidence is totally irresistible to baboons that are in a heightened state of sexual excitement and eager to mate. Exposing logical flaws in an argument is the perfect mic drop, but you should be aware that its…

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Can you solve it? Are you smarter than a forester?

A puzzle about planting trees Hello guzzlers, Your mission today is to design an arrangement of trees on a desert island, like the one below. An aerial view of five trees on an island. When there is a single tree, no matter where you stand on the island you will always be able to see exactly one tree. An island with a single tree. From each of the two black dots you can see a single tree. With two trees, however, there are some places where you can see two…

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Making Waves: The Biggest Winner Of NY Fashion Week Was This Shirt That Looks Dressy Enough For A Nice Dinner But Casual Enough For Just Hanging With Buds

The fashion world is abuzz over a groundbreaking new design that critics have unanimously lauded as the biggest winner of New York mens fashion week: a shirt that looks dressy enough for a nice dinner but casual enough for just hanging with buds. Wow! Talk about versatility! From the collection of French designer Maurice Bernard, this solid button-down is appropriate to don at your nieces communion, but not so fancy that your friends will call you Mr. Big Shot for wearing it out to a bar. Ever since its debut…

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My idea to improve the world: force everyone to try standup comedy | Jack Bernhardt

The benefits to society would be profound not least that people would learn the difference between a joke and a threat, says comedy writer Jack Bernhardt We all like to think our chosen profession is the most important. Firefighters will tellyou that they save people from burning buildings. Scientists working at Cern will tell you they pushthe boundaries of human understanding and achievement. They are wrong. The most important profession, objectively and definitively more so than soldier, than paramedic, than the Angela Barnes (beginner class), or its in a non-air-conditioned…

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These Graphs Perfectly Capture The Rolling Hills And Sprawling Pastures Of Mamas Girlhood, And O! How Sweet The Meadowgrass Smelled

If youve ever wondered what it was like for Mama to grow up tall and strong out on the rolling hills and sprawling pastures of her girlhood, these data visualizations get it across perfectly. Check out this chart, which clearly conveys those endless, boundless hilltops that echoed with laughter, where Mama played and sang, and learned right from wrong, too: Wow. Clearly, the rise and fall of the hillsides matches the beating of her young heart. Its easy to see how Mama would dance atop their peaks, braided pigtails swirling,…

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‘Human life is more expendable’: why slavery has never made more money

New research shows modern slavery is more lucrative than it has ever has been, with sex traffickers reaping the greatest rewards Slave traders today make a return on their investment 25-30 times higher than their 18th- and 19th-century counterparts. Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Business School, has calculated that the average profit a victim generates for their exploiters is $3,978 (3,030) a year. Sex trafficking is so disproportionately lucrative compared to other forms of slavery that the average profit for each victim is $36,000. In his book…

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Youre A Computer. Can You Pass The Turing Test?

This feature requires JavaScript to function. DOWN DOWN SELECT UP DOWN DOWN DOCTORS WARNING: Playing this game with the music ON is considered DANGEROUS and UNPOPULAR and is not permitted. DOWN SELECT DOCTORS WARNING: Playing this game with the music ON is considered DANGEROUS and UNPOPULAR and is not permitted. SELECT SELECT SELECT Start Over If you have music ON, play it using buttons like this one, which appear on loading screens throughout the game: OKAY Click To Stop Audio HOME You whirr and jitter to life. Youre a computer…

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Your Parents Are Going Out Of Town. Host The Party Of The Year!

This feature requires JavaScript to function. Hell yes. Knowledge is power, and power is everything. BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! screams your clock again, but later now. Does it hate you? Yes. Anyway, probably time to get up, right? Keep hitting snooze. You keep hitting snooze, and eventually, your clock gives up, because humans will always beat machines in the end. You sleep for a long, long time. You dream about gliding over a small island nation ruled by batteries, and about French-kissing your cousin with the two lazy eyes. You manage…

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