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Significant Digits For Monday, Aug. 10, 2015

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10 years

The Library of Congress has acquired the print to “The Day The Clown Cried,” the Jerry Lewis movie about a clown and the Holocaust that was never intended to be seen. The Library of Congress has said it won’t screen the film for at least a decade. [Vanity Fair]

51 percent

Facebook analyzed how people indicate they find something funny, and the global word for laughter on the Web is “haha.” 51.4 percent used those four letters, substantially more than the 1.3 percent who used “lol.” [CNET]

57 percent

That’s the percent of teens who say they’ve met a friend on the Internet. More than half of that group say they’ve done it more than five times. [Pew Research Center]

1,430 people

The number of people who signed up to hunt bears in Florida last week. The ursine population in the entire state is said to be “more than 3,000 bears,” and only 320 are allowed to be killed in a year. That’s quite a hunter-to-bear ratio. [The Orlando Sentinel]

9,350 years

A monolith has been found near Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea, and it’s nearly 10,000 years old. I assume this means I was totally right about this Atlantis thing the whole time. []


The rights to “Do The Bartman,” a novelty song from the early era of “The Simpsons,” have been purchased for nearly $40,000. Presumably the buyer was not a Cubs fan. [The Guardian]

$26.2 million

That’s how much money “Fantastic Four” made in its first weekend at the box office, coming in second to the grammatically abhorrent “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” [Associated Press]

2.7 million

Number of honeybee colonies in 2012, an increase from the levels in 2006. Bee populations are still suffering from colony collapse disorder, but beekeepers have managed to keep the apian populations rising. [The Washington Post]

34.5 million

Unique visitors to Vine in June, which is also roughly the number of visitors to Snapchat. Vine says it serves 100 million people every month, which at six seconds per Vine means that humanity spends 19 years of its time watching looping videos — every month. [Quartz]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.