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Significant Digits For Friday, May 1, 2015

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1st pick

With the first pick of the 2015 NFL draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected quarterback Jameis Winston of Florida State. [ESPN]

2.8 percent

U.S. wages for private-sector employees were up 2.8 percent in the 12 months through March, Nate. [Bloomberg]


6 hours

That’s the half-life of caffeine in the human body, and if you want to sleep, you should probably be aware of that. [Quartz]

15 indictments

Two civilians and 13 current and former law enforcement officers from Virginia and North Carolina were arrested by federal officials after a two-year undercover investigation called Operation Rockfish. The current and former officers are accused of protecting drug shipments on the East Coast. [ABC 11]


19 days

A Chinese company constructed a 57-story building in just 19 work days in the capital of Hunan province. Let’s hope the construction work is up to snuff. [Associated Press]


26 percent

Japan plans to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by up to 26 percent in the next 14 years, using 2013 levels as a baseline. The U.S. — which generally sucks at this kind of thing, let’s be honest — has a target reduction of 26 percent to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025, so keep that in mind, I suppose. [Associated Press]


57 percentage points

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has joined the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Nationally, Sanders is polling about 57 percentage points behind front-runner Hillary Clinton. [FiveThirtyEight]


87.6 years

New research in The Lancet suggests that estimates for the average lifespan of those born in 2030 may have been underestimated. The paper estimates that U.K. men born in 2030 will live on average 85.7 years and women will live on average 87.6 years. [Motherboard]


5,000 feet of track

Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, announced the May 23 opening of the longest hybrid roller-coaster in the world, Twisted Colossus. [KTLA]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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