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Significant Digits For Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

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Ever wonder what the Madden rating would be if an average schlub off the street played in the NFL? I did, and I also happen to be an average schlub off the street. The answer, in my case, was 12 out of 99. [FiveThirtyEight]

22 percent

Despite (or perhaps because of) allegations that Bill O’Reilly may have misrepresented reporting he did in Argentina, the ratings for his show “The O’Reilly Factor” were up 22 percent in February, making it the top cable news show for 171 consecutive months. [AdWeek]

30 percent

Federal funding comprised 30 percent of state revenues in the 2013 fiscal year, down from 35.5 percent in fiscal year 2010. [The Washington Post]

52 percent

52 percent of Obamacare enrollees paying their taxes through H&R Block had to pay back some of their tax credit, with $530 on average being paid back to the government because their subsidies were too high. [H&R Block]

1,500 miles

The Port Authority is considering dropping a rule that limits flights out of LaGuardia Airport to fewer than 1,500 miles. This would open up the airport to flights to the west coast, and is favored by stakeholders like Delta Airlines who use the dumpster fire of a transit facility for flights out of New York. [The Wall Street Journal]

80,000 seats

The California city Inglewood approved plans to build an 80,000-seat NFL stadium at the cost of $1.86 billion. [Los Angeles Times]

$4.8 million

Lots of disclosures on this simple bit of news: Disney* will drop the Boy Scouts of America** from its Voluntears program*** in 2015. This means the company won’t match or donate to the BSA because of its anti-gay policies. In 2010, Disney gave $4.8 million to the scouts. [Boing Boing]

* Disney owns FiveThirtyEight by the transitive property.

** I was in the Boy Scouts for years.

*** A program I have not taken advantage of, but could.

$20 million

RadioShack, which has filed for bankruptcy, will attempt to sell its milquetoast and uninspiring name and trademarks. Bids for the brand’s name begin at $20 million, a price I assume was set by someone who has never asked an average American how she feels about “RadioShack.” [Bloomberg Business]


Fines issued by speeding cameras in the city of New York in 2014. [WNYC]

12 billion suns

A giant black hole has been discovered, reportedly with the mass of 12 billion suns. I just re-watched “Interstellar” so this seems like the kind of thing that could lead to a real emotional revelation for whoever’s lucky enough to go near it. [National Geographic]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.