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Significant Digits For Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

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7 donors

The National Sperm Bank of the U.K. stopped accepting new donors because of funding issues. Only seven men have signed on successfully. [BBC]


GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence’s chartered plane skidded off runway 22L Thursday night after a hard landing at La Guardia Airport in New York City. All 37 passengers and 11 crew members are fine, but the runway is a bit torn up. [ABC 7 NY]

40 percent

Percentage of female members of parliament interviewed by an Inter-Parliamentary Union study who reported receiving threats of death, rape and more while serving their term. The survey included 55 female members of 39 countries’ legislatures. [The Guardian]

49 percent

Percentage of white Catholic women supporting Hillary Clinton in a new survey of likely voters from PRRI; 58 percent of white Catholic men supported Donald Trump. The gender gap in terms of support for Trump is larger for white Catholics than for white mainline or evangelical Protestants, the survey found. [PRRI]

Over 50 gigabits

The last of the data from the New Horizons spacecraft’s flyby of Pluto was delivered to scientists at 5:48 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday. The spacecraft took in a ton of data quickly on its flyby in July 2015 and sent the final piece home from more than 3.1 billion miles away. [New Horizons]

$42 billion to $45.5 billion

Amazon is gearing up for the holiday season and said Thursday that it expects $42 billion to $45.5 billion in sales in the fourth quarter. Analysts expected that figure to be $44.6 billion. [Bloomberg]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.