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Significant Digits For Monday, June 6, 2016

Welcome to Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.

42 commutations

On Friday, President Obama commuted the sentences of 42 people serving time for drug offenses. [Fox News]

53.2 percent

California votes in its crucial Democratic primary on Tuesday. Our polls-plus forecast currently has Hillary Clinton finishing with 53.2 percent of the vote. [FiveThirtyEight]

74 years old

Muhammad Ali, the legendary boxer, died on Friday after being treated for respiratory complications. His greatness defied statistics. [NBC News]

77 percent

A referendum in Switzerland on a proposal to pay all adults a monthly income of 2,500 Swiss francs — an idea generally referred to as a guaranteed basic income — failed, with 77 percent opposed to the measure and 23 percent in favor. Switzerland was the first country to hold a vote on such a proposal. [BBC]


Candace Payne, a woman from Grand Prairie, Texas, recently recorded a video of herself trying to talk while wearing a Chewbacca mask. This video has been highly regarded on the internet; millions have watched it, and that has translated into an estimated $420,000 windfall for Payne and her family. [Money]

$35.3 million

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” won the box office this weekend, taking in an estimated $35.3 million. This report, coupled with the early success of “The Angry Birds Movie,” appears to indicate that Hell is empty and all the devils are here. [Bloomberg]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.