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Significant Digits For Friday, Dec. 16, 2016

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6 drug companies

The attorneys general of 20 states filed a civil complaint accusing six drug companies — Teva, Mylan, Aurobindo Pharma, Citron Pharma, Heritage Pharmaceuticals and Mayne Pharma — of a coordinated scheme to artificially maintain high prices for a generic antibiotic and diabetes drug. [The New York Times]


21 percent

Percentage of working members of the Animation Guild who are women. That’s not good, but it’s better than the Hollywood Reporter’s recent roundtable on gender and racial issues in animation — the seven-person roundtable was 100 percent male and 100 percent white. [Fusion]


33 counts

Dylann Roof was found guilty on Thursday on all 33 counts related to the mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in June 2015. Roof was accused of killing nine black parishioners during a church bible study. [ABC News]


114,700 words

Length of the Wookieepedia entry on Anakin Skywalker — a.k.a. Darth Vader — before the Extended Universe was culled. That’s longer than the Wikipedia articles about Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt combined. Essentially, a decision was made in 2014 to designate a bunch of the Star Wars universe — the stuff that isn’t in the movies and some recent products — “Legends” rather than “canon.” This meant cutting that Vader encyclopedia article down to a mere 48,200 words, and it also made around 95 percent of the roughly 100,000 Wookieepedia articles canonically irrelevant. [FiveThirtyEight]


$9.5 billion

Total wealth of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet appointees so far (including cabinet-level positions). That’s more money than belongs to the 43 million least wealthy U.S. households combined. [Quartz]


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