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Significant Digits For Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

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8 Chick-fil-A registers

Chick-fil-A, which hooked me during college with chicken sandwiches that made me briefly forget all closely held ethical beliefs, is opening a location in Manhattan. The chain expects its new store at 37th Street & 6th Avenue will have more traffic than any other store. And it will, if I have anything to do with it. The Manhattan Chick-fil-A has a phalanx of eight registers, with two more on standby, and mobile devices to ring people up. Remember folks: They stopped giving to anti-gay places, plus the war’s over and we won. Enjoy the chicken. [The New York Times]


8.01 percent

It’s October, so it’s breast cancer awareness month. But all that “awareness” doesn’t always translate into legitimate investment in cancer research. For example: Only an estimated 8.01 percent of the revenue from NFL breast cancer awareness merchandise goes to cancer research. [Business Insider]


17 percent

Percentage of C-suite executives who are women, according to new data from LeanIn.org and McKinsey & Co. [The Wall Street Journal]


42 percent

Percentage of women who reported they used tampons, according to a CDC study. About 62 percent reported using pads. (Some women used both.) Here’s what’s particularly interesting about all this: That survey was from 2004, and apparently nobody’s been interested in analyzing the health choices of half the population since. [FiveThirtyEight]


47 gigabytes

Edward Snowden joined Twitter, but made the basic mistake of not turning off email notifications. According to Snowden, he received 47 gigabytes worth of notifications from all the follows, favorites, retweets and direct messages. [@Snowden]


88.7 percent

That was the cash burn rate for the Hillary Clinton campaign over the summer; she raised $28 million and spent about $24.8 million. The Clinton camp has about $32 million in walking-around money right now. [The Washington Post]


90.5 points

That’s the over/under for the upcoming Texas Tech-Baylor college football game, the highest on record since 1990. Needless to say, these teams score a whole lot of points. [ESPN]


$5.4 million

Congress is taking action following the revelation the Department of Defense paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million over four years to salute the troops during its broadcasts. This year’s National Defense Authorization Act will ban such payments, so the NFL will have to be pro-The Troops on its own dime. [NJ Advance Media]


$310.5 million

Someone from Three Rivers, Michigan, won a Powerball jackpot advertised at $310.5 million. The Powerball lottery will soon be changing its odds, which if done right will lead to bigger jackpots. That would be great, because the lottery is my favorite thing, and I am so bored of jackpots in the $300 million ballpark. [ABC News]


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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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