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Significant Digits For Friday, July 31, 2015

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2nd birthday

Right down to the wire, the Best Story Of July finally dropped: A toddler in Louisiana was so obsessed with the commercials for a local personal injury lawyer named Morris Bart that “Morris” and “Bart” were his second and third words. This kid is into Morris Bart. So when he turned 2, rather than a “Spider-Man” theme or whatever, his parents threw him a party with the theme of local personal injury lawyer Morris Bart. The kid loved it. The party made it into the The Wall Street Journal. This story is amazing. [The Acadiana Advocate]


30 percent

That’s the percentage of Republican voters who said they definitely did not support Donald Trump in his bid for the party’s presidential nomination, according to a Quinnipiac poll. [WHOtv]


95 percent

Percentage of New York residents surveyed who said they had never taken some action to prevent a car theft after hearing a car alarm go off. Spurring people to action is ostensibly the point of car alarms. But the alarms have somewhere between a 95 percent and 99 percent false-positive rate, so they’re pretty much pointless. [Priceonomics]


$240 per day

Big government is trying to bring down a hardworking business yet again: Two children (ages 8 and 10) from Cornwall, in England, were threatened with a $240 daily fine after selling worms on their front porch. (I am totally going to assume selling worms is some longstanding entrepreneurial endeavor for children in the United Kingdom.) [CFRA]


1,000 petaflops

While the Flop Race doesn’t have quite the same ring as the Space Race, an executive order from President Obama has begun an initiative to develop the first exaflop computer. “Flops” are a way to measure computing speed using the number of floating point operations — a type of arithmetic problem — a computer can perform per second. Right now, the best supercomputer on the planet is the 33.86 petaflop Tianhe-2 in China. An exaflop is about 1,000 petaflops, so it’s a lofty goal. [Wired]


16,000 graduates

Coding academies unaffiliated with traditional higher-ed computer science departments will see an estimated 16,000 programmers graduate this year. That’s about a third of the number of U.S comp sci grads from universities and may help fuel sky-high demand for software engineers. [The New York Times]

5,066 people

The number of people — about half of them bystanders, half passengers — who have been killed in the course of U.S. police car chases since 1979. [USA Today]


$10 million

James Woods is suing an anonymous Twitter user for $10 million in a defamation suit over a tweet saying the actor was a cocaine addict. Woods disputes this. First rule of Twitter, everyone: Don’t argue with an egg. Nobody looks good after that. [The Hollywood Reporter]


$112 million

Revenue for SoulCycle in 2014. The company behind the glorified spin class filed documents for an IPO. [Business Insider]


$225.8 million

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, who previously hosted “Top Gear” for the BBC, have signed on with Amazon to make a new show about cars. The trio’s previous show made an estimated $225.8 million for the BBC in 2014. [CNN Money]


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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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