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Significant Digits For Friday, July 1, 2016

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30 percent

Percentage of married households in which spouses have different political views. One-third of those households involve a Democrat married to a Republican. [FiveThirtyEight]

31 songs

Of the 128 songs to hit the Top 40 this year, 31 were performed by women, 22 by groups of men and women, and the rest were performed by men. [Fusion]

33 films

Of the top-50 grossing films of 2016, only 33 of them have passed the so-called Bechdel-Wallace test, which a film passes when it has two named female characters who have a conversation that is not about a man. That’s better than normal, but still a long way to go. [Fusion]


That’s the year Adnan Syed, the subject of the blockbuster “Serial” podcast, was convicted for killing his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee and sentenced to life in prison. Maryland has granted him a retrial. [The New York Times]


About 80,000 bottles of beer worth roughly $90,000 were stolen last week. This is bad, but it gets worse. Even though the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Southeastern Transportation Security Council recovered 30 of the 40 stolen pallets, the booze will have to be thrown away, because life is suffering. [The Associated Press]

$650 million

Religious exemptions to property taxes in New York City add up: Over $650 million worth, roughly 1 percent of the city budget, are exempted from taxation, $476 million of which is for houses of worship. [iQuantNY]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.