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Significant Digits For Friday, May 27, 2016

Welcome to Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.

5-kilometer radius

The search for the lost EgyptAir Flight 804 will be narrowed to a 5-kilometer radius after Airbus, the manufacturer of the downed plane, detected signals in the Mediterranean Sea from the plane’s emergency locator transmitter. [CNN]

11th team

America has an Indoor Football League, which is news to me. The league is making a Utah team expansion, its 11th team, and the ownership of the forthcoming franchise is heavily involving fans in decision making. First up: the name. Which team from Utah will join the likes of the Iowa Barnstormers, the Tri-Cities Fever and the Billings Wolves? The top two contenders in a fan vote are the “Stormin’ Mormons” and “Teamy McTeamface.” Shockingly, the ownership is cool with this. [St. Louis Tribune]

61.2 percent

We are rapidly coming up on the conclusion of the Democratic presidential primary, and California and New Jersey are set to vote on June 7. Right now FiveThirtyEight’s forecast has Clinton getting 61.2 percent of the vote in California. [FiveThirtyEight]


That’s the number of metal bands per million people in the United States, according to an analysis of Encyclopaedia Metallum, a database of metal bands. Finland has 630 bands per million, Sweden has 428, and Norway has 299, just blowing us out of the water. #MakeAmericaMetalAgain. [Jakub Marian]

1,239 delegates

By the Associated Press’ reckoning — after talking to several unbound delegates who indicated they will now support Trump at the convention — Donald Trump has formally won the GOP nomination, eclipsing the 1,237 delegate majority needed to win. [The Associated Press]

70,000 missed flights

An executive from American Airlines said that TSA security screening delays led to 70,000 customers missing their American Airlines flights so far this year. [Reuters]

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, so Significant Digits is taking Monday off. Because of some screwy travel arrangements following a wedding doubleheader I’ve got cooking this weekend, your Tuesday edition will come from Blythe Terrell, an editor here who has better taste in Digits than me if I’m being honest. See you all Wednesday.

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.