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Significant Digits For Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016

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3 percent

Fun fact: Only about 3 percent of the 11 million containers that arrive at U.S. ports are screened with X-rays, despite the security risk a container full of nuclear or radiological material could pose. Wait. That fact isn’t fun at all. Damn. [The Atlantic]

6 games

This is skeet shooter Kim Rhode’s sixth Summer Olympics competing for the United States, making her the American on the current roster who has competed in the most consecutive games for Team USA. If she medals, she’ll become the first person to do so in six consecutive games. [FiveThirtyEight]


Age of Emperor Akihito of Japan. The monarch wants to step down and cede the post to his son, but the fraught political situation in Japan has many wondering whether the government will accept his wishes. [The New York Times]

88 percent

Hillary Clinton is rather far ahead in our polls-only election forecast model after the Democratic National Convention: She was the 88 percent favorite as of Tuesday morning. Still, it remains to be seen whether that’s a temporary bump or a longer-term surge. [FiveThirtyEight]

89 percent

“Warcraft” has finished its theatrical run, pulling in $430 million worldwide. A ludicrous 89 percent of that came from overseas. The film might not break even, but a sequel may be in the cards anyway. [Gamespot]


Estimated number of loose dogs in the southern part of Dallas, according to a report from consultants, which has put a city on edge, forced pedestrians to carry around sticks to scare off the feral hounds, and just sort of gives off a vibe of post-apocalyptic terror is what we’re hearing. [The New York Times]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.