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Significant Digits For Monday, May 23, 2016

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2 shows

Maroon 5 canceled two shows in North Carolina — one in Charlotte and another in Raleigh — over a new state law forcing transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with their birth gender. [CNN]


About 10 minutes

The White House went into lockdown Sunday for about 10 minutes over what turned out to be misplaced party balloons. [Bloomberg]


19 states

Some think that Donald Trump’s polls are undercounting his support, since voters may be hesitant to tell a stranger they support Trump. But the evidence doesn’t suggest that’s the case. Donald Trump has underperformed his polling forecast in 19 states so far in the Republican primary, compared to 15 states where he overperformed his polling. The median state saw Trump underperform his polls by 1.1 points. [FiveThirtyEight]


157 women

Number of pregnant women in the United States who have tested positive for the Zika virus as of the end of last week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A further 122 pregnant women in U.S. territories have tested positive. [Reuters]


$39 million

“The Angry Birds Movie” took in $39 million domestically in its first weekend in theaters. That means that, yes, “The Angry Birds Movie” somehow became the top grossing film at the box office for at least one weekend in America. On balance, I think we deserve this election. [USA Today]


$504 billion

Total cash and non-cash equivalent holdings of Apple, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Oracle and Alphabet (the parent company of Google), combined. U.S. non-financial companies have $1.7 trillion in cash, meaning that five companies control 30 percent of the dough. [USA Today]


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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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