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Significant Digits For Monday, Nov. 2, 2015

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Kenyan Stanley Biwott won the New York City Marathon Sunday, and Mary Keitany, also of Kenya, won a repeat women’s title with a time of 2:24:25. Sunday was a great day to walk home in New York — it was fun to guess if the sweaty, dehydrated person in colorful tights was a marathoner or a hungover Halloween reveler trying to get home from the night before. [The Associated Press]

4 leagues

Sunday was the U.S. sport’s equinox, when each major American men’s sports league had an event going on. There was a World Series game, 12 NFL games, 7 NBA games and 5 NHL games on the calendar. It was the 15th such event in history. [FiveThirtyEight]


The Kansas City Royals won the World Series Sunday night in a 12th inning massacre, winning 7-2 over the New York Mets at Citi Field in Queens. [ESPN]

14 touchdowns

Of the rest of the events on the sport’s equinox, the strangest was the game between the New York Giants at New Orleans Saints, which ended in a 52-49 New Orleans win. The game led to a whole bunch of records: Drew Brees became the eighth quarterback to throw seven touchdowns in a game, and the 13 touchdowns Eli Manning and Brees threw combined was an NFL record as well. Manning was the first person to throw six touchdowns and no interceptions in a game and still lose it. Giants fan and Game of Thrones scribe George R.R. Martin would go on to comment, “All in all, a horrid day. Life is miserable and full of pain,” so I’m pretty sure he wrote your favorite character’s death last night. [ESPN]

25 years old

IMDb, one of the oldest internet-native brands still kicking, celebrated its 25th year since its founding in a USENET group in October of 1990. Keep in mind that the World Wide Web wasn’t launched until 1991, and that I am only a month older than IMDb. [VentureBeat]

About 1,000 police officers

Number of police officers in 41 states who were stripped of their badges relating to an incident of sexual misconduct, sex crimes, or rape in a six-year period, according to an Associated Press investigation. [The Associated Press]

$61,000 fine

Beverly Hills, California was fined $61,000 for not forcing residents to reduce water consumption during the state’s stifling drought. It’s the only non-desert municipality to face a fine. Not exactly a great look. [Reuters]


Thrift Land USA of Yonkers, New York, will pay the state $700,000 after it was found to have made $10 million off of clothes it claimed would go to charity. [WMTW]

9.3 million square feet

New real estate space for churches and places of worship in the year 2015, down from a dizzying high of 51.9 million new square feet of space added in 2002. This year will have the lowest level of new space added for houses of worship since it began to be tracked in 1967. [The Wall Street Journal]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.