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Significant Digits For Monday, July 29, 2019

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5th person

Dan Coats, the fifth person to be the Director of National Intelligence, will leave the post next month, President Trump announced in a tweet over the weekend. Trump also said he would nominate John Ratcliffe, representative from Texas, to replace Coats. [Associated Press]


$40 million

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Quentin Tarantino’s essentially plotless movie about the late ’60s, Westerns, the Manson Family and people lighting cigarettes, made $40 million from 3,659 North American theaters, a career best for Tarantino. It finished second to “The Lion King” retread, a movie about lions, which pulled in $76 million. [Variety]


4.63 inches of rain

Las Vegas has experienced 4.63 inches of rain this year, well above its typical 2.38 inches. This has occasioned a grasshopper invasion in the desert. On weather radar, it appeared that there were two storms over the city: one was an actual storm, and the other was the “massive hordes of grasshoppers” that have recently made Sin City their new, damp home. [CNN]


1,373 people

Police in Moscow arrested 1,373 people on Saturday in “a violent crackdown on anti-Kremlin protests.” The protestors were pushing back against the barring of opposition party candidates running for Moscow’s city council. The protests there are being described as the largest in a decade. [Vox]


6 injuries

Six people were injured on a British cruise ship bound for Norway in a “mass brawl” involving a 43-year old man, a 41-year-old woman, a “black-tie evening,” “large amounts of alcohol,” and “a passenger taking offence at another holidaymaker dressed as a clown.” While the cruise line denied that there was anyone aboard dressed as a clown, this is basically exactly how I envision all cruises to be, and thus why I remain to this day a land lover. [BBC]


$12.1 million

The 50th anniversary of the moon landing has come and gone, but its ephemera remains big business. Items belonging to one-small-step astronaut Neil Armstrong, put up by his children, have brought in more than $12.1 million during three auctions at Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. These items include a gold commemorative medal, a plaque and a piece of the Wright Brothers’ propellor that Armstrong took to the moon. Another auction is scheduled for November. [Business Insider]


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Oliver Roeder was a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight.

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