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Significant Digits For Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

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0 shows

So far into this season of television, none of the four major networks have cancelled a television show. In recent years, the ratings for several poorly performing new programs would have been enough to get an ax, but they’re all still kicking. Networks haven’t gone this long without a cancellation since the 1950s, according to the people who pay close attention to these things. [Los Angeles Times]

4 percent

Average amount of time Sean Connery was shirtless onscreen during his stint as James Bond, the highest amount of time of any Bond. [Bloomberg]

9-12 people

A water main replacement at NYU uncovered a 200-year-old burial chamber with the remains of nine to 12 people loosely entombed inside. There was also a stack of a dozen coffins. [The Associated Press]

14.6 percent drop

Men’s Wearhouse, which owns the Jos. A. Bank brand, announced Thursday that sales were cratering at Jos. A. Bank following the phasing out of several popular sales. Third quarter sales were down 14.6 percent, which was way off from what the company was expecting. Traders in nice suits quickly sold the stock; it was down 36 percent before the opening bell Friday. [Business Insider]

30 percent

College students are 30 percent more likely to use Adderall for non-medical purposes — as in, recreationally or off-prescription — than their non-matriculated peers. [FiveThirtyEight]


The Maldives parliament voted to impeach the small island nation’s vice president after his arrest regarding an alleged plot to kill the president in his speedboat with an explosion last month. The vice president denies he was involved. [ABC News]

100 people

A pumpkin carving event at an Oregon Catholic school may be the source for a norovirus outbreak coursing through the community there. More than 100 people have been infected. [Reuters]

2,000 high schools

Adidas announced it would offer financial support to any of the 2,000 American high schools with racial epithets as their name or mascot — you know, just like the Washington football team — if they wanted to change their name. This enraged the D.C. metropolitan american football squad, which released a statement claiming that Adidas was acting hypocritically. “Adidas make hundreds of millions of dollars selling uniforms to teams like the Chicago Blackhawks and the Golden State Warriors, while profiting off sales of fan apparel for the Cleveland Indians, Florida State Seminoles, Atlanta Braves and many other like-named teams,” the team spokesman said. [The Washington Post]

6,000 passengers

That’s the number of airline passengers left stranded in an area of Indonesia after the eruption of a volcano that sent ash and detritus everywhere. So far, there are no reports of injuries. [Wired]

$1 billion

Toyota announced an investment of $1 billion over five years on an artificial intelligence team of 200 in Silicon Valley. Self-driving cars remain inevitable. [The Guardian]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.