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Significant Digits For Monday, Sept. 28, 2015

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4.8 percent

That’s how much fast-food breakfast sales rose from 2007 to 2012, a bright spot for the sector amid increased competition in the lunch and dinner hours from fast-casual restaurants. Growth in breakfast sales is one of the reasons we’re going to see all-day breakfast at McDonald’s in a little more than a week. [Eater]


20 percent

Last week was Premiere Week, when TV networks debut new seasons and new shows, and it left the networks worried. The first two days of the new TV season saw a 20 percent drop in 18- to 24-year-old viewers compared to 2014. [Ad Age]


26 pounds of marijuana

That’s how much pot landed on the car port of a home in Nogales, Arizona, a town near the Mexican border. It’s believed to have been dropped accidentally from a drug-smuggling aircraft, but I have a personal theory: It’s proof that God exists and loves us very much. [Yahoo! News]


1,756 days

Number of days John Boehner of Ohio will have served as Speaker of the House of Representatives when he resigns on Oct. 30, the 12th longest stint with the gavel in the chamber’s history. Boehner announced his intention to resign this past Friday. [FiveThirtyEight]


400 train stations

Google is partnering with Indian Railways and a local ISP to bring free high-speed Internet to 400 train stations across India. Meanwhile, I still can’t get service in the Times Square N train station. [CNET]


667-foot condominium tower

Remember that “Ground Zero mosque” controversy? The time some folks tried to build an Islamic community center in the vague vicinity of lower Manhattan, and people from out of town got upset? Well, the property owner is now proposing to build a 667-foot condominium tower there — the formal end of the life cycle all buildings in New York undergo on a long enough time span. Once a Burlington Coat Factory caterpillar, soon to be a luxury condo butterfly. I hope you’re happy. [Bloomberg News]


4,646 calls

ZVRS, which runs a service that allows the hearing disabled to make phone calls by teleconferencing with sign language interpreters, is suing a Brooklyn man. The man, ZVRS alleges, isn’t deaf and has made 4,646 calls in order to masturbate in front of the company’s interpreters. [New York Post]


2nd heart attack

A Colorado man survived his second heart attack in three years, thanks — in both cases — to the actions of the same co-worker. Lightening might not strike twice, but coronary disease does: Talk to your doctor today. [The Daily Sentinel]


33 million

“Obamacare” helped add nine million people to the health insurance rolls in 2014. But 33 million still went without insurance for the entire year, and new data shows they were mostly poor, black and Hispanic. [FiveThirtyEight]


$42.5 million

Adam Sandler’s “Hotel Transylvania 2” won the box office this past weekend, bringing in $42.5 million, a new record opening for the garbage month of September. Anne Hathaway’s “The Intern” came in second, the latest and coolest installment in Hathaway’s hot streak. [Variety]


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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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