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Significant Digits for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Welcome to the third edition of Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. We’re experimenting with it, so let us know what you think.

1 percent of iPhones

That’s the Russian share of iPhones sold worldwide in 2013, 1.57 million of 153.4 million total. It’s not much overall, but currency fluctuations prompted Apple to suspend online sales in Russia. [Wired]


6.6 times the median

The median net worth of upper-income families is 6.6 times greater than the median wealth of middle-income families. That’s the widest gap in 30 years. [Pew Research Center]


$35 per month

AMC theaters — seemingly inspired by Netflix, Hulu Plus and The Olive Garden — is testing a subscription service called MoviePass. It will allow people who pay $35 per month to see one movie per day. If it’s similar to HBO Go at all, I plan to use my roommate’s ex-girlfriend’s parents’ MoviePass for the foreseeable future. [Denver Post]


93 percent discount

Nine works of art stolen six years ago were recovered by the LAPD. Despite the art being worth about $10 million, the person who had it was trying to sell it for $700,000. That’s a bargain that should stoke any serious collector’s FOMO. [Los Angeles Times]


37,924 wannabe lawyers

Law school enrollment has sunk to its lowest total since 1973. There are 37,924 full- and part-time law students starting classes in 2014, a 30 percent drop from the 52,488 enrollees in 2010. [The New York Times]


5 million kids

UNICEF estimates that 5 million children between the ages of 3 and 17 are not in school as a result of Ebola. [Time Magazine]


$75 million settlement

A federal judge rejected a $75 million class-action settlement for NCAA athletes who suffer from debilitating effects of head injuries. Both sides will now have to find new terms they can agree upon that will also satisfy the judge. [Associated Press]


100 million cups of coffee per year

Royal Dutch Shell sold 100 million cups of joe at its gas stations last year. As oil prices decline, Shell plans to expand its station network, in part so it can better peddle the other kind of fuel. [Bloomberg News]


$114 million

What comparable films to “The Interview” — which Sony scuttled yesterday due to threats against theatergoers — made, on average, at the box office since 2001. [FiveThirtyEight]


$8.65 billion loss in 48 hours

That’s the amount that 15 of Russia’s richest people lost Monday and Tuesday as the ruble fell to its lowest value in a decade. The figure is based on estimates of net worth from Bloomberg’s Billionaires index. [Vanity Fair]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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