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Significant Digits For Monday, June 15, 2015

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0.267 percent

The American Dream is still alive: The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that people have a right to be drunk on their front porch. The case revolved around a woman from Waterloo, Iowa, who was arrested in 2013 for being drunk in public. She had a blood alcohol content of 0.267 percent. But in the end freedom prevailed, the court ruled her front porch wasn’t public, and America breathed a sigh of relief. [Des Moines Register]


Los Angeles became the largest city in the United States to plan on a $15 minimum wage after Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an ordinance Saturday instituting scheduled increases over the next several years. The wage jumps to $10.50 next July, then up to $15 over the course of four annual bumps. Oh, to be New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s stress ball this week. [Yahoo News]

30 days

You can now file complaints about your Internet service provider’s speed to the FCC! (Thanks to the agency’s newly in effect net neutrality rules.) The best part: Your ISP has to respond to your complaints within 30 days. Be sure to check your Internet speeds early and often. [Ars Technica]

60 percent

Part of the point of a corporate Twitter account is to provide service to customers — at least in theory. But only about 20 percent of questions posed to companies through Twitter get a response, compared to about 60 percent on Facebook. [Mashable]

150 cases

Schools reopened in South Korea on Monday even as the MERS outbreak there continued. The Health Ministry reported five new cases and another death, bringing those totals to 150 and 16, respectively. [Reuters]

210 days dark

The Philae lander, which the European Space Agency sent to land on a comet last year, has come back to life and is sending data back to its mothership, the Rosetta orbiter. The solar-powered lander went dark on Nov. 15 after landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. But Philae is awake again and has sent 300 data packets so far. [ESA]

$1.5 million

Yeah, the Silk Road went down in flames, but people are still really into buying drugs on the Internet. It’s huge money. Medibuds, which sells top-notch pot over the Internet, is on pace to pull in $1.5 million in 2015 (assuming everyone’s doors stay on their hinges, if you know what I mean). [The Daily Dot]

$12 million

If you hang out in hip neighborhoods, you’re probably seeing a lot more Narragansett beer around. Since the Rhode Island lager was adopted by the hipster crowd, the Narragansett beer company’s revenues have jumped, from $100,000 in 2005 to $12 million last year. The story of what happens when your failing beer company wins the hipster lottery is a great read. [Bloomberg]

14 million people

The breach of Office of Personnel Management data continues to get worse and worse, with the estimate of those affected now up to about 14 million. If the number is that high, it likely means that family members of government employees were also affected. [The Atlantic]

$511.8 million

“Jurassic World” crushed it at the box office over the weekend, earning $511.8 million worldwide. That is, by some (inflation unadjusted) reckonings a record of sorts. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.