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Significant Digits For Friday, July 29, 2016

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5 years old

Age of a kid who got his head stuck in a panel at the Hall of Advanced Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History. If that wasn’t the core plot point of “Night at the Museum” it will surely be the core plot point of “Night at the Museum 4: Ben Stiller Wants To Buy A Damn Island So We Made Another One.” [AM New York]


Number of mannequins stolen in Belleville, Ontario from different storefronts since May, which is all kinds of messed up. All of them were women-shaped mannequins in various states of undress, so I’m pretty much done writing about this mess and I want to be done with this story, thank you. [The Guardian]


Number of superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention who were registered as a state or federal lobbyist, based on a tabulation by the Sunlight Foundation. [Sunlight Foundation]

135 athletes

Approximate number of participants in the Stars 2016 tournament, which is being held in Moscow and features Russia’s track and field athletes who were banned from the Olympics after a whistleblower revealed evidence of state-sponsored doping. [CNN]


That was the most recent year that a corpse flower bloomed in New York’s Botanical Garden, until right now. Yes, if you want to get off the fetid and foul-smelling streets of New York City and into a room with a fetid and foul-smelling flower, now is your moment. Or you can watch it online. Your call. [The Verge]

$14 million to $15 million

Early estimates for the opening weekend gross of the “Ben-Hur” remake, indicating that there’s a strong chance the historical epic will be a massive flop. The movie debuts in theaters on August 19. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.