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Significant Digits For Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.

4 years

Time since Blink-182’s last album. But, word on the street is the band is coming out with a new one. People who shout along to music in cars, like me, are in a very good place right now. [Mic]

6 documents

WikiLeaks published six documents apparently hacked from CIA Director John Brennan’s personal AOL email as a demonstration that yes, several teenagers did break into the director’s stash. [Motherboard]

10 to 20 people

Number of people in Australia — a supposedly lovely country that is swarming with poisonous, venomous, and aggravated animals — who are bitten annually by the funnel-web spider and must get antivenom, often within an hour. As a result, Australia has drop-off centers for deadly spiders so the proper antivenom can be developed. [Wired]

$12.99 per month

YouTube Red subscribers will pay $10 per month in order to avoid ads. But the really interesting part of this is how aggressively Google is trolling Apple by cranking up the price to $12.99 on iOS, since Apple gets 30 percent of all App Store purchases. [Washington Post]


Adele announced that her next album will continue the pattern of being named after her age. It will be titled “25.” [BBC]

30 percent

Percentage of global Uber trips that CEO Travis Kalanick reported occur in China. [The Wall Street Journal]

372 points

Following the endorsement of Hillary Clinton by Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware, Clinton will go into the Iowa caucuses with more endorsement points, according to FiveThirtyEight’s reckoning, than any Democrat since at least 1980. [FiveThirtyEight]

2,950 experiments

“Mythbusters,” the last good show on the Discovery Channel, will come to an end next year following its 14th and final season. When all is said and done, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage will have put 2,950 myths to an experimental test. Anyone with decent health insurance is welcome to come over to my place to try out for my “Mythbusters” replacement, but it’s most likely a really good way for all participants to get their names on lists. [Entertainment Weekly]

$2 million

Gimlet Media, the podcast startup behind the podcast StartUp, as well as Mystery Show, Reply All and others, reported $2 million in its first year, proving to parents the world over that podcasts are a real thing and “please, get out of my room dad.” [Nieman Lab]

6.5 million

Toyota is recalling 6.5 million cars because of a problem with the power windows switch. Having seen “Fight Club” — and, in particular, that scene in which the narrator talks about how car companies calculate the cost of a recall — I have spent the past day trying to guess how a power windows switch could possibly kill people. Please send all ideas to @WaltHickey, I’m trying to figure this one out. [NBC News]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.