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Significant Digits For Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

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2 goals

It is the greatest story in the history of hockey, and also stories: John Scott, an enforcer was voted into the NHL All-Star Game by fans, then dropped from his team and all NHL rosters, then reluctantly allowed to play in the All-Star Game, and then won the All-Star Game MVP award. He had two goals and led the Pacific team to a victory and $1 million. Someone option the movie rights this instant. [Deadspin]

13 points

The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry had only 13 points against the New York Knicks on Sunday, the lowest contribution from the star player in any game he played this season for more than 30 minutes. [Basketball-Reference]

48 percent

Probability Donald Trump wins the Iowa caucuses tonight, according to FiveThirtyEight’s polls-plus forecast. [FiveThirtyEight]

70 percent

The U.S. has seen a spike in fatal avalanche accidents this January, made worse by the fact that avalanches tend to cluster: 70 percent of fatal avalanches take place within four days of another avalanche. [Colorado Avalanche Information Center]

124 officers

Since 2009, 124 Chicago police officers are responsible for $34 million in misconduct settlements. Those 124 officers make up nearly a third of the city’s officer misconduct lawsuits in that time period. My colleague Rob Arthur has written before about how to predict bad cops in Chicago. [ABC News]


Due to a technical glitch last year, a man briefly bought, the domain name of a popular web site according to the teens. The company recently revealed that it rewarded him with $6006.13, which sort of spells out “google,” and then doubled they payout when he said he’d donate the original sum to charity. [ABC News]

58,021 flights

Number of helicopter flights that took off from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport in 2014. Must be a lot of important stuff going on, right? Nope, the vast majority of them were for tourists, meaning that all the pollution and noise from helicopters screaming down the Hudson is due to visitors. Only 1,936 of the 58,021 weren’t related to tourism. [The New York Times]

$2 million

A few years ago, Forrest Fenn announced he had hidden some $2 million worth of treasure in the Rockies, leaving breadcrumbs and clues for enterprising adventurers to solve in a whimsical journey! Well, now a guy named Randy Bilyeu has been missing in the mountains for a few weeks and is feared to be dead. [Boing Boing]

$10.8 million

Based on new disclosures, Donald Trump has lent his presidential campaign $10.8 million in the fourth quarter of the year, bolstered by $2.6 million in fundraising. [Buzzfeed]

$3 trillion a year

According to an analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, cheap oil will lead to a major wealth transfer: The $3 trillion a year that would otherwise go to oil producers will instead be in the hands of consumers around the world. [Bloomberg]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.