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Significant Digits For Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

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Average cost of an out-of-network ATM fee in the U.S., making this the tenth consecutive year of increases. The surcharge from the ATMs themselves accounts for $2.90 of that total, while the charge from the customer’s own bank for using an out-of-network ATM accounts for $1.67. [CNN Money]

50 percent

A poll of Chinese citizens found that 50 percent were willing to trade a better economy for cleaner air, saying that air pollution should be reduced at the expense of economic growth, compared to 24 percent who said pollution was simply the price for growth. [Pew Research Center]

300 percent

Off the news that sightings of clowns wandering the country were disturbing passersby, the head of Halloween Express’ online operations announced sales of clown masks were up more than 300 percent year over year. Many are concerned about the clowns roaming around the nation’s streets and forests and countryside, but I’ve heard of weirder fetishes you know? [My Fox 8]

340 employees

Theranos — the medical technology company slapped with regulatory sanctions after significant issues with their blood testing technology were uncovered by John Carreyou of the Wall Street Journal — will fire 340 of its 790 employees and shut down its blood testing facilities. [The Wall Street Journal]


Daniel Schulli, a Canadian father, won a lottery jackpot worth over $9.7 million and is refusing to tell his children until they find out about it on the news. If you have a father who is a gigantic troll and has recently upgraded his vehicle, today may be a good day to google him and find out if he’s won anything lately and is messing with you. [The Vancouver Sun]

$1.13 billion

Amount spent on EpiPens by U.S. government health plans from 2011 through 2015. Medicare spent $797 million after rebates and Medicare Part D spent $335 million. [Reuters]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.