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30 startups that lost millions of investors' money | Stacker

Augmented virtual reality glasses, smart luggage, high-end tea infusers, LED lights, gourmet food delivery, and Wi-Fi-connected juicers are just some of the 30 startups that lost millions of investors' money. Stacker looked to CB Insights, a private company financing and angel investment database, to rank the brilliant ideas that busted after million-dollar Kickstarter campaigns had foretold otherwise. The stories behind the failed startups vary as much as the products and services themselves.

Industries with the most telecommuters | Stacker

Telecommuting has just about replaced the American carpool; instead of piling into a car, employees are rolling out of bed already at work. According to telecommuting research and consultant service Global Workplace Analytics (GWA), 3.9 million Americans work from home at least 50% of the time. The trend has become so popular that in 2010, the Telework Enhancement Act was passed to make it easier for federal employees to work in their own space. Stacker looked to GWA's "2017 State of Telecommut

Favorites to win the PGA Championship | Stacker

The 101st PGA Championship heads to Bethpage State Park Golf Course in Long Island, N.Y., for the first time in 2019. The field will face a daunting test on the Black Course, widely considered one of the toughest courses in the country. The A.W. Tillinghast-designed track sets up to a par 71, at a length of 7,465 yards, and previously hosted the U.S. Open in 2002 and 2009. The 156-player field is expected to include 17 former champions of the event, including 2018 winner Brooks Koepka, who shot

Countries America has the largest trade deficit with | Stacker

Economists have long debated the meaning of a trade deficit—including how much it signals about an economy's health—and those discussions often fall along political lines. Regardless of the actual importance of the trade deficit, President Donald Trump has made reducing the U.S. trade deficit a top priority for his administration. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that the U.S. had a total trade deficit of $878.6 billion in 2018. Ranked by the top trade deficit, Stacker researched the countries w

Stories behind every MLB team name | Stacker

Any baseball fan who has wondered how his or her favorite Major League Baseball team got its name are in for a treat. Stacker took a look at the origin story behind every MLB team name. Some teams can trace their roots back more than 130 years with names like the Cornhuskers, (White Sox), Rustlers (Indians), and Blues (Twins). Many teams got their nicknames thanks to a name-that-team contest that called on fans to participate. The New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Kansas City Royals are

Best community college in every state | Stacker

Long gone are the days when education levels weren't inherently tied to income levels. Twenty-first-century teens as young as high school freshmen consider what colleges are available to them sooner rather than later in order to make a decent living in the long run. Be it grades or money—many young adults automatically choose the more convenient access to community college to begin their undergraduate education. With 41% of all undergrads in a two-year school, according to the American Associat

15 ways analytics has changed sports | Stacker

Analytics has become a major part of the modern sports landscape; whether in emphasizing commonly held beliefs like the importance of sleep in athlete performance or promoting counterintuitive ideas like the benefits of ceding control, analytics provides valuable insight into sports. Bill James is widely credited as the founder of advanced statistics in baseball, and his sabermetrics concept started gaining more attention with the release of the movie “Moneyball" in 2011. Since then, a number of

Record rainfall in every state | Stacker

There are several types of rainy days, ranging from wet afternoons to soggy days to torrential downpours. Then come the absolute rainiest days in history, where record levels of precipitation fall in 24 hours. Stacker turned to the State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to track these days in each state except for Kansas, as it had no data available. Along with the number of inches in 24 hours, some NOAA data detailed the dev

Every major 2020 presidential candidate so far | Stacker

The race to the White House is on. At one point, there were 28 major Democratic elected officials or public figures in the ring to compete for the nation’s top office. The list has now begun to decrease, as two major candidates have ended their campaigns (U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell and Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper). Stacker researched the major candidates, organized here in alphabetical order by last name. While some have varied political histories and military experience, others like ca

Do you know your cloud types? | Stacker

White and fluffy or filmy and thin, clouds can be fascinating. The visible masses of condensed vapor particles suspended in the atmosphere, characterized by weather patterns and atmospheric activities, have up to 100 different names, and are distinct in their shapes and sizes. They can be the backdrop to a beautiful day or the forewarnings of incoming storms. Knowing the different types of clouds can be essential whether you're planning a picnic or studying for a test on weather. Using the 2017

Most watched sporting events in the U.S. | Stacker

When it comes to sports viewership on television in the U.S., the NFL is king: 40 of the top 50 most-watched sporting events were NFL games. An amazing Super Bowl that saw the Philadelphia Eagles host its first Lombardi Trophy was the lone event to eclipse the 100-million viewer mark and capped off a top-5 of all NFL games. A multitude of sporting events comprises the rest of the top 50, from the World Cup in Sochi, Russia, to the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Sometimes, viewers go

States with the highest rate of obesity | Stacker

Obesity affects 39.8% of adults and 18.5% of the adolescents in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) broke down the problem, showing obesity's tightest hold was on low-income and uneducated minorities, revealing a correlation between one's body mass index (BMI) and his socioeconomic status. The State of Obesity, a collaborative project of the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, highlights the connection between socioeconomic status, educat

How driving is subsidized in America | Stacker

The laws that govern America's car-centric landscape are inefficient and unjust, according to Gregory Shill. The law professor at the University of Iowa breaks down how our complicated legal system establishes automobile supremacy in “Should Law Subsidize Driving,” and proposes a teardown of the regime. In the almost 100-page article, a draft of which was posted in March 2019—the full article will be published in the New York University Law Review next year—Shill points out how the country's car

Biggest multi-level marketing companies in the world | Stacker

There is something to be said for Multi-Level Marketing (MLM), even though the mere mention of the industry raises questions about how it operates. Remember, Tupperware got its start in the living room of one seller persuading loved ones and neighbors to buy products with the signature burping lid. Though the company, founded in 1946, remains one of the world's largest MLMs, it is part of an industry some say promotes pyramid schemes, with pressure to sell and recruit. Every year since 2010, Di

How state economies have changed during the Trump administration | Stacker

Donald Trump is presiding over a national economy that, depending on whom you listen to, is either rockin' and rollin' or not as robust in many areas as the economies of some recent predecessors in the Oval Office. But state economies are clearly feeling the effects of the Trump Administration's policies and politics; some for the better, some for the worse. Documenting economic changes under Trump, as with any other president, is critical for several reasons. One of the biggest is that assessi

Best beers from every state | Stacker

If beer is a universal language, Americans have spoken their own version of that language through the best brews in each of the 50 states. With spring approaching (and summer soon ahead), breaking down the best brews from across the country is vital for last-minute road trips in search of the perfect pint. Traveling around the country to discover each state's top-rated drafts brings on a variety matched only by the diversity of the United States itself. Visitors can sip brews aged in bourbon ba