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Significant Digits for Thursday, June 18, 2015

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13 percent

A report by the Institute of Economics and Peace estimates that conflicts around the world reduced global GDP by 13 percent. So cut it out, people, there’s money to make here. Boom, world peace. [BBC]

28.5 percent

Austerity measures in Greece have had an incredible effect. Food consumption spending, for example, is down 28.5 percent in the indebted nation. [The Guardian via @KathViner]

40 percent

Births to unwed mothers accounted for 40 percent of U.S. births in 2014, down from 41 percent in 2013 — the first drop since the 1990s. Part of this decline is due to people waiting longer to have children (older mothers are more likely to be married). The downward trend also coincides with a lower birthrate overall during the recession. [Pew Research Center]

234 waivers

The drone industry is rapidly expanding, as companies begin to scoop up waivers from the FAA to fly drones for commercial purposes. In the first four months of 2015, 234 such waivers were granted, and 186 of those were in April alone. [The Los Angeles Times]

$69,000

Magazine covers featuring Caitlyn Jenner that were remixed with glitter and paint by Miley Cyrus raised $69,000 for AIDS research at an auction. [Reuters]

198,000 millionaires

India is granting new members to the Two Comma Club faster than anyone else, with the number of millionaires there rising 26 percent in one year. There are 14.6 million people on earth worth $1 million or more. [Associated Press]

$2 million

“Shenmue 3” is the fastest game to raise $2 million on Kickstarter. It had raised over $3 million as of Thursday morning. The game is a long-awaited followup to a series of open-world action role-playing games. “Shenmue 2” came out 14 years ago. [Kotaku]

$50 million

Following the detection of illegal levels of lead by India’s food safety panel, Nestle India will destroy $50 million worth of Maggi noodles. The instant noodles were also found to have MSG, an ingredient that wasn’t listed on the food’s label. [Yahoo! News]


$100 million

The FCC slammed AT&T with a $100 million fine for allegedly slowing the mobile data of customers with unlimited plans. Actually, the fine isn’t really for slowing users down — which raised tens of thousands of complaints from customers — but for doing it sneakily. AT&T will “vigorously dispute” all this. [Bloomberg]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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