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Significant Digits For Monday, Aug. 8, 2016

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13 percent

Percentage of Americans who approved of how Donald Trump handled his dispute with the family of Khizr Khan, the father of a U.S. soldier who was killed in Iraq. Which, I think the rest of us can agree, is pretty damn high. [The Washington Post]

22 years

Alexander Rodriguez, whom I haven’t been paying much attention to but assume has been coasting through an uncontroversial career following the trade that sent him to the New York Yankees, will retire after 22 years in the game. [USA Today]

32 percent

Drop in Olympics viewership from the 2012 to 2016 Summer Games. An estimated 19.5 million people watched prime time Saturday, compared with 28.7 million in 2012. [The Hollywood Reporter]


Golfer Jim Furyk shot 58 at the Travelers Championship. This is the first time someone has shot a 58 on the PGA Tour — ever. He shot one eagle, 10 birdies and seven pars. [Business Insider]

504 feet

Distance of the home run Giancarlo Stanton smashed out of Coors Field on Saturday. It was the longest home run this MLB season, according to Statcast. [Yahoo Sports]


A Guinness World Record was set when 1,007 robots danced in unison at a beer festival in China. As a fan of the documentary “Battlestar Galactica,” I can assure you that this is merely the shape of things to come, as some day a hundred thousand robots will dance on the graves of a hundred million humans yet to come. So say we all. [Gizmodo]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.