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Significant Digits for Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016

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

10 toys

Number of toys Rey, a character from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” appears in, out of 70 toys in the Toys R Us online catalog featuring characters from the film. She is the main character. [FiveThirtyEight]

11 percent

Early estimates indicate that viewership of last weekend’s NFL wild-card playoff round games was up 11 percent over last year’s viewership. [Variety]

42 elephants

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which we can all agree is far too long a name for a company, will move its 42 elephants to a conservation center a year and a half earlier than anticipated. [CNN]


Alabama defeated Clemson to win its fourth national title in seven seasons. [ESPN]

67 characters

Number of reported characters appearing on a story board for the “Avengers: Infinity War” movies. In fairness, one or more of those characters is probably Hawkeye, so I’m definitely OK with this. [The AV Club]

84 percent

Percentage of women in tech who have been told they were too aggressive, according to a new survey. Compare that with 50 percent of women who were told they were too quiet. The intersection of “quiet” and “aggressive” is basically the hitman from “Fargo” who isn’t Steve Buscemi, so now I’m terrified of women in tech. Or, just throwing this out there, maybe there’s a codified systemic bias against women in the technology field and the above figures speak to their male peers’ inability to conceptualize women as fully formed, thinking individuals. [Mashable]

104 detainees

Number of detainees left in Guantanamo Bay. President Obama’s chief of staff has confirmed that he intends to empty the prison, one way or another, by the end of his term. [Reuters]


Tonya Couch, who fled to Mexico with her son Ethan — who killed four people while drunk driving but got off on probation rather thanks to an elegant “affluenza” defense, but later apparently violated that aforementioned probation by playing beer pong in front of an iPhone — has posted $75,000 bail. Bail is an instrument designed to pose financial consequences to those who attempt to leave the jurisdiction, but which has a disproportionate effect on the poor. Previously, the notoriously wealthy mother withdrew $30,000 in cash as she fled the country to aid her son in evading legal consequences. [CNN]

$20 million

Estimated amount that Chris Hughes, the Facebook multimillionaire, invested in The New Republic, according to Chris Hughes. The magazine is now up for sale. [The Huffington Post]

$200 million

The Playboy Mansion is on the market for $200 million, the vast majority of which I assume goes into steam-cleaning the carpets and disinfecting the hot tub. [The Wall Street Journal]

CORRECTION (Jan. 12, 10:10 a.m.): An earlier version of Significant Digits omitted the time period for Alabama’s fourth national title. Monday night’s win was the team’s fourth title in seven seasons.

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.