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Significant Digits For Thursday, June 30, 2016

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3 films

Originally, there was going to be a single film based on the tedious 1980s video game “Tetris,” for the usual, terrible reasons a studio would make a movie based on ’80s nostalgia and geometry puzzles. For new, inexplicable reasons, that idea has now been expanded to a trilogy of films based on the intellectual property, because why the hell not. A Tetris cinematic universe is exactly what we as a society deserve. [Empire Online]

19 titles

The Marine Corps will change 19 official job titles such as “infantryman” to a gender neutral alternative, dropping the “man” part. Infantryman will be changing to “basic infantry Marine,” for instance. It does sound catchier? [The Washington Post]

19.3 percent

The FiveThirtyEight election forecast dropped yesterday! Based on the data in our polls-only forecast, Donald Trump has a 19.3 percent chance of becoming the President of the United States. [FiveThirtyEight]

99.8 percent

Percentage of Iceland’s television audience that watched Iceland defeat England in the UEFA EURO 2016 tournament. That makes the O.J. chase look like CSPAN. [Deadspin]


Number of people admitted to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the folks who vote on the Oscars. It’s the first stage of a huge push by the organization to increase its level of diversity: 41 percent of the Class of 2016 were people of color, and nearly half were women. [The AV Club]

$25.8 million

Amount spent by the Hillary Clinton campaign and its allies in television advertisements in battleground states during the month of June. The Trump campaign and its allies spent $0 during the same time period. When looking at past and reserved air time in battleground states, Team Clinton’s spent $140 million and Team Trump has spent, er, $0.00. [NBC News]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.