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Significant Digits For Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

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Number of times Bob Dylan will go to Stockholm, Sweden, in December to accept the Nobel Prize. The Svenska Akademien (Swedish Academy) knew what they signed up for when they picked Dylan as a winner. But he’s got six months starting Dec. 10 to give a lecture to the Nobel crowd — that’s the only requirement. [Svenska Akademien]


$3

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials announced Wednesday that the price of a MetroCard swipe could rise from $2.75 to $3.00 in March. And why not? After all, where else can you get phoned-in train service without all the amenities that come standard in every other metropolis? Where else will you find subway cars packed so tight that ass-grabbing is a given? What other transit authority could we find that treats weekend line closings as top secret? The best thing to happen to the M.T.A. is its proximity to the active fire hazard that is the Washington D.C. Metro. [The New York Times]


35 percent

Percent of female employees who rated as “engaged” in their work, compared to 29 percent of male employees. [Gallup]


208 miles per hour

A 19-year-old in Oklahoma was arrested after driving 208 miles per hour on the Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma City on Saturday, just over 200 mph short of the “wheel-driven” land-speed record. [Fox News]


Proposition 300

Denver voters passed a citywide proposition allowing people to consume marijuana in public spaces such as bars, restaurants and other businesses that get the OK from neighbors. (The vote was so close it took a week to settle the results.) As a New Yorker, this seems insane to me. Sure, Denver residents still can’t smoke marijuana in these spaces — they can only “consume” it — but the notion of doing anything fun in public besides eating and drinking was beaten out of New York by the end of the Bloomberg Administration. [The Associated Press]


8,711,000 Facebook interactions

Number of shares, reactions and comments on Facebook generated by the top 20 fake election stories in the last three months of the campaign. Hoax sites and partisan fabulists eclipsed real news during the stretch run of the 2016 election on Facebook: There were only 7,367,000 shares, reactions and comments on the top 20 stories from 19 major, fact-based publications during the same period. Come on y’all, be a part of the solution and like us. [Buzzfeed]


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