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Significant Digits For Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

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10 percentage points

Only 41 percent of LGBT Americans rated their lives positively enough to fall into Gallup’s “thriving” category, according to a survey conducted Nov. 9 through Dec. 6. That’s down 10 percentage points compared to a Gallup survey conducted from Oct. 1 to Nov. 8 — you know, the period right before Donald Trump and Gov. Mike Pence won the White House. [Gallup]

30 percent

Share of Americans who rate Russia favorably, as of earlier this year. But public opinion about Russia tends to be way swingier than for other nations, so if the Trump administration takes a friendlier stance towards Russia, many Americans — particularly Republicans — might follow. [FiveThirtyEight]

61 years

Kokomo, Indiana, has overturned a 61-year-old law banning pinball in the town. I presume it’s been 61 years since that smooth-talkin’ out of town jasper tried to come ’round with a mighty fine smile and a tap in his step to remind the good parents of Kokomo that they’ve got trouble you see, trouble right here in Kokomo, trouble with a capital “t” and that rhymes with “p” and that stands for “pinball”! [The Kokomo Tribune]

93 percent

If the New York Giants beat the Detroit Lions this weekend, the Giants will have a 93 percent chance of making the playoffs, up from 75 percent right now, according to our Elo-based NFL predictions. If Detroit wins, their chances of making the playoffs jump from 84 percent to 98 percent. It’s the most important game of the weekend. [FiveThirtyEight]

8 million food processors

Conair, the parent company of Cuisinart, is recalling eight million food processors after 69 consumer reports of broken blade shards appearing in food. [USA Today]

1 billion hacked accounts

In addition to a 2014 hack that affected 500 million user accounts it kept under wraps, Yahoo revealed on Wednesday that a separate attack in 2013 involved more than 1 billion accounts. This somehow puts a good spin on the calamitous end to my Yahoo Fantasy Football season, as now I can blame some botnet in a former Soviet republic for playing Allen Robinson last week over Kyle Rudolph, leading to my 1-point loss. [The New York Times]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.