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19 stunt people
There’s been a push for the Academy Awards to create a technical award for Hollywood stunt performers for decades, but the lobby is somewhat hampered by numbers: Only 19 of the roughly 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were stunt people in 2011. [A.V Club]
76 percent of Republicans
Number of startups with a valuation over $1 billion according to venture capitalists. Of the 73 companies, 23 make software, 13 work in e-commerce and 13 are consumer-oriented Internet services. [The Wall Street Journal]
450 calories per slice
800 acts of emotional manipulation and casual cruelty
VICE founder Shane Smith is reported to have dropped $300,000 on a single dinner in Las Vegas. There are conflicting accounts of the size of the party that racked up the mighty bill; reports range from 12 to 25 people. What could they possibly have ordered? I mean, for $300,000 I would probably let someone “Most Dangerous Game” me. [Bloomberg Business]
700,000 cartons of cigarettes
New York (state and city) brought a lawsuit against UPS on Wednesday for allegedly shipping 700,000 cartons of cigarettes from Native American land upstate, where tobacco is not taxed, to the rest of the state. This meant about $35 million in lost tax revenue. [Huffington Post]
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