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Welcome to Paradise by Nisha Lilia Diu

When Germany legalised prostitution in 2002 it triggered an apparently unstoppable growth in the country’s sex industry. It’s now worth 15 billion euros a year and embraces everything from 12-storey mega-brothels to outdoor sex boxes. Nisha Lilia Diu visits some of them to find out who won and who lost

No Soup For You!

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The Ace Hotel is taking their upscale flophouse vibe to the next level after paying $30 million for The Salvation Army Chinatown Shelter, which sits right next to the Bowery Mission.

“I think cryptocurrencies could be the new buffalo”

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In an effort to sidestep the fed, the Lakota Tribe has created their own Bitcoin clone called MazaCoin, and adopted it as their official currency.

But Where Are the Water Wizards?

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As California dries up, desperate farmers and vineyard owners are turning to water witches to locate underground water sources. Using only divining rods and their intuition, popular witches can make $500 or more per site visit.

Drone ships

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Rolls-Royce is developing designs for unmanned cargo ships that would be controlled remotely by a captain on dry land.

Rudolph Ain’t Got Nothing on this Guy

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In Finland, Reindeer herders spray their livestock with a reflective coating to keep them from getting hit by cars at night.

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One-Percent Jokes and Plutocrats in Drag: What I Saw When I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society by Kevin Roose

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How BIG Is Google? Very big.

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Putin’s Run for Gold by Brett Forrest

At $50 billion and counting, the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, will be the most expensive Olympic Games ever. Intended to showcase the power of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, they may instead highlight its problems: organized crime, state corruption, and the terrorist threat within its borders

Down With Business Suits!

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At the CELAC Summit in Havana, Cuba yesterday, the chillest president in the world (Uruguay’s Jose Mujica) briefly spoke out against formal business attire, stating that the dress was imposed on the world by the English during the Industrial Revolution, and that to maintain prestige in the world “We all had to dress up like monkeys with ties.” His point to other Latin American leaders was simply that they should try to relate to the people of their country, instead of their wealthy peers.

The New Standard for Year-end Bonuses

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One boss in China has figured out a new way to determine how much of a year-end bonus each employee will receive. It involves drinking him under the table. An employee of the unnamed company explained that at the beginning of their year-end banquet, the man-in-charge “placed a pile of banknotes on the table before announcing workers would receive bonuses based on how much they could drink.” Now you’d think this would be weird and unfair to lightweights, however the boss explained the reasoning, and it’s more for conditioning than anything else; “much of the company’s business success was rooted in employees being able to hold their liquor with clients.” So, there you go.

 

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The fuel cost of driving a Tesla Model S across the United States.

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A Conference Call in Real Life

Those Greasy Bastards…

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69% of “Made in Italy” olive oil that is available in our markets isn’t made in Italy, and isn’t really 100% olive oil.

“Dude will even go after regular ass fans”

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Prince is suing 22 internet users for $1 million each, after accusing them of sharing bootlegs of his concerts via websites and facebook.

“Teff: the ultimate gluten-free crop!”

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Ethiopia is seeing a slight economic boost thanks to health fanatics who are fueling western demand for the ancient super grain Teff.

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Eagle Scout. Idealist. Drug Trafficker? by David Segal

Ross Ulbricht is accused of being the mastermind of Silk Road, the world’s largest and most notorious black market for drugs.

Dawn to Death – The Dolphins of Taiji

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