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Significant Digits For Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

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Super heroes have topped princesses as the country’s top-selling children’s Halloween costume. Princesses, which had held the top spot for 11 years, are now No. 2. [CNN]

5 liters

A gorilla that escaped its enclosure drank five liters of blackcurrant squash last week before being tranquilized by staff. [The Independent]

49 percent

Percent of new parents in a recent survey who said they had taken a job for less money because their new employer offered better benefits for families. [Quartz]


The Anti-Defamation League identified 2.6 million tweets containing anti-Semitic language, 19,253 of which were sent to journalists. More than two-thirds of the tweets directed at journalists came from 1,600 Twitter accounts. [Anti-Defamation League]

1.5 million

There were 24,000 cases of syphilis, 400,000 cases of gonorrhea, and 1.5 million cases of chlamydia in the U.S. in 2015. I still cannot remember which one of these is “the clap,” but syphilis is definitely the hardest to spell. [Quartz]

13.8 million

Number of people the Obama administration expects to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act during the next enrollment period. [STAT News]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.