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Significant Digits For Friday, March 9, 2018

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82 percent

Percentage of residents training to be gynecologists who are women, part of an enormous shift that’s taken place in the field over generations. In 1970, 7 percent of OB-GYNs were women; now 59 percent are, and that number is poised to rise to two-thirds by 2025. [The Los Angeles Times]

108 Republicans

President Trump has implemented new taxes on imports — steel gets a 25 percent tariff and aluminum a 10 percent tariff. The president’s National Economic Council Director resigned over the decision earlier this week, and 108 House Republicans expressed concerns to the president in a letter. [ABC News]

131 years

A message in a bottle cast off the side of a German ship on June 12, 1886, was found more than 131 years later in Australia. It’s the oldest known message in a bottle ever received. [The New York Times]


Eat Clean Bro of Freehold, New Jersey, will cover the $1,635 Uber ride incurred by a New Jersey man who got drunk in West Virginia and accidentally called a car to bring him home. Eat Clean Bro’s founder said he wanted to commend the guy for not driving drunk. [Fox 5 Atlanta]

$86.3 million

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sends the worst emails of all time, a Center for Public Integrity investigation found. (I’m paraphrasing.) Chock full of bait-and-switch tactics and constant freak-outs, the DCCC raked in $86.3 million from individual contributors from the beginning of 2017 through January 2018. That’s three times the amount raised from individual donors by the DCCC’s GOP counterparts. [Center for Public Integrity]

$5.6 billion

Profits recorded by Amazon in 2017. Still, the company paid $0 in federal taxes, thanks to a number of tax credits and breaks for stock options. Furthermore, Amazon will get an additional $789 million in benefits from the GOP tax bill. [The New Republic]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.