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The United States Of Sex Toys: Here’s Who Feels Freakiest

Woman with Shocking Gift

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Congratulations, America. You've never been so freaky.

Yes, the United States is experiencing a new era of bedroom experimentation, according to import data from Y Combinator graduate Flexport.

After analyzing millions of pounds of sex toy shipments from the past five years, Flexport's data shows that the country's appetite for the bedroom gadgets increased dramatically in 2012 and has remained at a high level since:

Why the spike? Here's one idea: 50 Shades of Grey.

The erotic trilogy's first book published in mid-2011 and shipments really picked up steam in the months following.

Flexport also collected data on which states import the most sex toys. And bravo California, sex toys enter you the most. New York is far behind at number two.

Los Angeles is especially playful.

The city of angels is most popular destination for sex toys in the U.S. You do you, Los Angeles.

So where do all these toys come from? Mostly China.

The factories in China have been busy keeping up with demand. Almost 3 million pounds in sex toys in 2015. Yow!

Flexport's CEO Ryan Petersen told BuzzFeed News in an email he's amazed at how quickly production ramped up in China. “Chinese manufacturers probably didn't read the books to understand why so many more people wanted adult toys, but they saw the signals and were able to respond almost immediately,” he said.

Yeah right. They definitely read the books.

As for Europe, Germany cooled off in 2013.

The U.K and the Netherlands are picking up the slack. Thank god for Holland.

So who is ready for Valentine's Day?

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In conclusion, here's a GIF of a man being hit in the face with a dildo during some sort of press conference. They're everywhere!

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Here’s A Look At The New Shake Shacks

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Shake Shack plans to open at least 14 new restaurants in 2016, following a year of rapid growth.

The chain — which now has 49 domestic stores — saw comparable restaurant sales increase about 11% to 12% in 2015, according to recent guidance. The company also opened its first locations in Texas and Maryland last year, as well as international markets like Japan.

A number of the upcoming Shake Shacks will be in California, Arizona, and Texas. The new outlets are expected to have average annual sales volumes of at least $ 3.3 million each, which is higher than the average for many other fast food chains, including McDonald's and Chipotle.

Here's a look at what some of the new design-oriented stores will look like, based on a presentation at the ICR Conference on Tuesday. Details on opening dates were not immediately available.

West Hollywood, Calif.

West Hollywood, Calif.

Shake Shack

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Shake Shack

Phoenix, Ariz.

Phoenix, Ariz.

Shake Shack

Mall of America, Minn.

Mall of America, Minn.

Shake Shack

Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas

Shake Shack

Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Shake Shack

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Here’s The Data That Shows Why Twitter Switched To Hearts From Stars

Twitter is looking to settle the hearts vs. stars debate once and for all.

In a talk at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco this morning, Twitter Product SVP Kevin Weil shared data on the heart's performance vs. the star — aka: the favorite — that drove Twitter's decision to make the switch.

“It’s a change that’s been fantastic for the platform,” said Weil. “We see now 6% more hearts, 6% more likes on Twitter than we saw with favorites.” He also noted that new users tend to engage 9% more with this change.

Weil's remarks marked the first time Twitter shared data related to the switchover, which occurred last week to mixed reviews. After years of the star functioning as a de facto bookmarking tool, and a button you used to signal you were done with a conversation, Twitter switched over to hearts last week saying it wanted to “make Twitter easier and more rewarding to use.”

The data, released only a week into the change, should be approached with a dose of caution since the heart's novelty factor may be responsible for skewing the numbers. Still, the numbers at least initially back up the decision to make the move.

When Twitter introduced the heart last week, it was met with a firestorm of criticism from power users who felt the company was overlooking their needs in order to meet Wall Street demands. For those hoping for a reversal, this early data suggests the heart is here to stay.

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A Bank Gave Away $30,000 To Some Customers And Here’s What They Did With It

Well, this is just lovely.

For 24 days, TD Bank surprised 24 of its customers with $ 30,000 and 24 hours to do one thing: #MakeTodayMatter.

For 24 days, TD Bank surprised 24 of its customers with $ 30,000 and 24 hours to do one thing: #MakeTodayMatter.

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Earlier this year, TD Bank gave its customers life-changing surprises from trips to Disneyland and meetings with their sports heroes.

This time around, the bank spot-polled some of its customers across North America about what they would do to give back to their communities if they had the money.

They then identified 24 of the most inspirational ideas and surprised those customers with the resources to make their dream come true.

Michael Mulligan, a paraplegic from Ontario, knew how difficult it was to regain independence in a wheelchair.

Michael Mulligan, a paraplegic from Ontario, knew how difficult it was to regain independence in a wheelchair.

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Here’s How Uber Is Trying To Talk People Out Of Deleting Their Accounts

Community managers for the transit company confront journalist investigation allegations head-on to try and retain users.

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In the wake of a BuzzFeed News report that Uber SVP Emil Michael suggested hiring opposition researchers to find and publish personal information on journalists covering the company, some users have begun to delete their Uber profiles. But the company isn't letting them go easily.

One San Francisco Uber user, Brian Brophy, tried to cancel his account Tuesday evening, citing the company's “disturbing” business practices. In response, an Uber community manager vehemently defended the company in an attempt to retain Brophy as a user.

“We have not, do not, and will not investigate journalists. Those remarks do not reflect the views of the company and have no basis in the reality of our approach. Our executive has apologized for his comments,” the community manager replied.

Guardian columnist Jessica Valenti noticed and tweeted similar statement from an Uber community operations manager when she tried to cancel her New York account yesterday afternoon:


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