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Significant Digits For Friday, April 8, 2016

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5 swipes

Freakin’ tourists: Hillary Clinton needed five swipes of a Metrocard in order to gain entrance to the New York City subway Wednesday as part of a campaign stop aboard the MTA. In fairness, her opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, was unaware that the civilization of New York had moved beyond subway tokens up to last week. [POLITICO]


Ernie Els, by all means a rather good golfer, set a new Masters record Thursday after taking 9 strokes on a par-4 hole. The video of Els needing seven putts to finish the job is the only time in the history of the sport where golf was simply too brutal to watch. [ESPN]


“Platooning” is a fuel-saving strategy developed by the trucking business where two or more trucks connected by Wi-Fi autonomously follow each other. This can lead to some massive savings on fuel: The pair uses 15 percent less fuel, which for two trucks platooning 100,000 miles can save €6,000, or about $6,820. [Quartz]

1.06 million miles

Secretary of State John Kerry is now the most well-traveled of any of the people who held the gig: After a flight to Bahrain on Wednesday he hit 1,060,000 miles traveled, beating previous record-holder Condoleezza Rice. [PBS]

$86 million

Amount raised for the general election by four super PACs — Priorities USA Action, Ready PAC, Correct The Record and American Bridge 21st Century — the first three of which support Hillary Clinton and the last of which aids Democrats with opposition research. That number is a minimum, keep in mind, as three of the PACs haven’t disclosed how much they’ve raised in 2016 yet. [Center for Public Integrity]

$2.1 trillion

Amount that would be added to the U.S. economy if it increased the proportion of women who worked from 64 percent to 74 percent, according to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute. [BBC]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.