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Significant Digits For Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016

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0.72 million

Average 2016 viewership of “The Nightly Show,” which Comedy Central announced Monday would be canceled following Thursday’s show. The program, hosted by Larry Wilmore, replaced “The Colbert Report” after “The Daily Show.” [The Wall Street Journal]


1 per month

Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, has banned cars one day per month. The drive to create safer and cleaner cities is enviable, as literally Sunday night I saw somebody on 31st Avenue in Astoria run over a garbage bag full of what must have been — based on my on-the-ground-reporting — fish and chicken carcasses. So kudos to you, Kigali. [Quartz]


9 charges

Pennsylvania’s attorney general was convicted of nine charges related to her leaking grand jury information about a political rival and then lying about it. [The New York Times]


15 detainees

The U.S. transferred 15 Guantánamo Bay detainees to the United Arab Emirates on Monday, leaving only 61 people detained at the facility. Closing Guantánamo — the herpes of U.S. foreign policy — was a campaign promise of then-Senator Barack Obama in 2008. [The Guardian]


62 percent

According to a USA TODAY/Rock the Vote survey, 62 percent of Americans ages 18 to 35 say that transgender people should be allowed to use the public bathroom of the gender with which they identify, an issue that somehow became a big deal shortly after the passage of same-sex marriage for no reason whatsoever. [USA Today]


70 percent

Based on a coding system developed by whatever ISIS’s equivalent of human resources is, 70 percent of recruits in 2013 to 2014 had at most a basic knowledge of Islam. According to a trove of more than 3,000 leaked documents, only 5 percent of recruits indicated they had an advanced knowledge of the world’s largest religion before signing on to the group. [The Associated Press]


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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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