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Significant Digits For Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

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0.2 percent

It’s been a crazy mild November so far for the lower 48 states, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reporting that on Nov. 14 snow covered a mere 0.2 percent of the country, an all-time low. But don’t get used to the balmy temperatures. [The Washington Post]


5.7 percent

Sen. Bernie Sanders won 18,183 write-in votes in his home state of Vermont, which has certified its presidential election results. That’s 5.7 percent of the vote, a bit more than Gary Johnson and Jill Stein earned combined. [Burlington Free Press]


34.3 percent

Percentage of U.S. cropland overseen by farms larger than 2,000 acres in 2011. In 2001, these large farms ran less than a quarter of the country’s farmland. It’s just one measure of how much American farming has consolidated. [FiveThirtyEight]


500 McDonald’s

Approximate number of McDonald’s locations in the U.S. that currently offer table service. The bring-your-burger-to-you trial has proven sufficiently successful that the fast-food giant plans to bring table service to all 14,000 or so of its domestic locations. [Buzzfeed]


30,000 jobs

Volkswagen will cut up to 30,000 jobs as a cost-saving measure — through attrition, with no forced layoffs until 2025 — as the manufacturer tries to rebound from that time they totally lied about their emissions. [Bloomberg]


$650 million

The English Premier League has reportedly inked a three-year, $650 million deal with PPTV, a Chinese broadcaster, that will extend through the 2021-2022 season. It’s likely to be the biggest overseas TV deal ever for English soccer. [Bloomberg]


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