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Significant Digits For Monday, Aug. 15, 2016

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2 sets of twins, 1 set of triplets

At least two sets of twins and one set of triplets ran the Rio marathon — a pair of twins from North Korea, another pair from Germany and a set of triplets from Estonia. [Let’s Run]

3 medals

Simone Biles won her third medal of the Olympic Games Sunday with the individual vault event, a U.S. record for the most medals won in women’s gymnastics. Oh, all three of Biles’s medals are gold. [NPR]

101 yards

The long-awaited — well, by someone, I’m sure? — return of the Rams to Los Angeles got off to an inauspicious start Sunday when Dallas’s Lucky Whitehead returned the opening kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown. It was the Rams’ first (preseason) game in L.A. in more than two decades. [@NFL]

193 people

The personal cell phone numbers of 193 current and former members of Congress, all Democrats, were posted online by the hacker(s?) going by “Guccifer 2.0.” So if you’ve been sexting a congressman, I have some bad news. [The Wall Street Journal]


When the U.S. won its 23rd gold medal of the 2016 Olympic Games, American athletes also hit a major milestone: 1,000 cumulative gold medals for the nation since the founding of the modern games in 1896. [The Washington Post]

$2.2 million

Why, let’s do the math real quick here: Through the end of June, the joint fundraising account between the Republican National Committee and Donald Trump’s campaign had given $2.2 million to the presidential nominee’s bid and $10.1 million to the RNC. Does this lend credibility to hints that the RNC will call the presidential race a loss and focus on congressional races and the Senate if things look really bad come October? Who can say. [POLITICO]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.