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5 or 6 percent
43 percentage points
Onscreen, 15 percent of bartenders over the last two decades have been played by women, according to an analysis by me using OpusData data. In the U.S. last year, 58 percent of bartenders were women, which is a 43 percentage-point difference. Seems weird, right? [FiveThirtyEight]
Needless to say, that’s pretty fast. The Bloodhound SSC, allegedly belonging to the category of “car,” is trying to shatter the land-speed record — 763 mph — by exceeding 1,000 mph. The Bloodhound has two engines: a jet engine usually used in fighter planes and a rocket engine typically used in space satellites. For context on the whole “1,000 miles per hour” thing: In the ’50s, the U.S. military put a bunch of dudes on sleds attached to rocket engines to see what speeds, and decelerations, people could withstand without dying. John Paul Stapp maxxed out at 632 miles per hour. Bon voyage, rocket “car.” [Wired]
190,400 duplicate species
Cost to buy a passport in St. Kitts and Nevis. Holders of the pricey passports don’t have to pay any tax on capital gains or income. [Bloomberg Business]
The nonprofit contractor International Relief and Development charged the U.S. agency in charge of international aid $1.1 million for parties and retreats during the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. For context, that is a fart’s worth of money compared to the total cost of those wars. [The Washington Post]
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