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Significant Digits For Monday, April 11, 2016

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3 holes-in-one

Danny Willett has won a weird Masters Tournament, one that last week saw a professional golfer fail to putt in a gimme ball seven times and on Sunday saw three holes-in-one — from Shane Lowry, Davis Love III and Louis Oosthuizen — on the same hole. [Digg]

50 hours

Approximate amount of time it takes visual effects designers to blur the appropriate parts of an episode of “Naked and Afraid,” a Discovery Channel program where participants are always naked and presumably afraid after being dumped in the wilderness. [The New York Times]

72 wins

The Golden State Warriors tied the NBA record for regular-season wins Sunday after defeating the San Antonio Spurs 92-86. The Warriors have 72 wins, tying them with the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. They’ll have one chance — a game Wednesday against Memphis — to get a 73rd win and the record all to themselves. [ESPN]


Estimated number of tigers living in the wild, up from an estimated 3,200 in 2010. The problem of tiger conservation remains — deforestation and habitat destruction are still major threats to tiger populations — but it’s a good sign. [Scientific American]

$23.48 million

The Melissa McCarthy vehicle “The Boss” was the first to humble “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” at the box office, narrowly beating the superhero film’s domestic haul by $45,000 this weekend. “The Boss” pulled in $23.48 million in its opening weekend, while “Bats v. Supes” got $23.43 million in its third. [BoxOfficeMojo]

$5.5 billion

Size of the U.S. market for soap products, whose manufacturers are facing scrutiny from the Food and Drug Administration over the chemicals in antibacterial soap. Evidence increasingly shows that these soaps may be doing more harm than good for the typical consumer and the FDA has asked soap manufacturers to demonstrate that their antibacterial products really are better than regular soap. [Ars Technica]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.