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Significant Digits For Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

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19 percent

A new report from Oceana, an environmental group, found that an estimated 19 percent of fish products purchased in restaurants and retail locations were not the fish they claimed to be. Incredulous patrons were left doubting other things they had taken for granted, such as “who really lives in a pineapple under the sea?” [Quartz]


31.4 percent

Of the 4,370 speaking characters in the top 100 grossing films of 2015, only 31.4 percent were women. That’s crazy. This obscenely low figure has varied only slightly since 2007. [FiveThirtyEight]


70 years

A 70-year-old man robbed a Kansas City bank, then sat down in the lobby rather than flee with his money. He told police that he did it because he would rather live in a jail cell than with his wife, with whom he’d had an argument. The cartoonist behind “The Lockhorns” is presumably furious over being scooped on this one. [Kansas City Star]


80 percent

Of the nearly five million students in U.S. public schools that show signs of a mental health disorder, 80 percent will not receive counseling, medication or any kind of treatment for it. [NPR]


SB 277

A California law, SB 277 — which forbids parents from sending unimmunized children to school — went into effect in July. And with kids now going back to school, the first wave of parents affected by the law will have to decide whether to tutor kids at home, leave California or vaccinate their dang kids. [The New York Times]


$3 million

Drake was robbed! A briefcase full of $3 million worth of jewelry was stolen from artists Drake and Future’s tour bus in Phoenix. The police have recovered the briefcase and arrested a suspect. [US Magazine]


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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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