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Significant Digits For Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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6 years

After Theresa May’s last remaining opponent dropped out of the race to succeed David Cameron, May is set to be the U.K.’s next prime minister. Cameron will resign Wednesday and will have to personally tell the queen he’s leaving and who his successor will be, in possibly the greatest and most galling democratic tradition. May has served for the past six years as Cameron’s Home Secretary. [ABC News]


19 seasons

Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs has retired after 19 seasons in the NBA. He’ll go down as one of the greatest ever despite his soft-spoken demeanor. [FiveThirtyEight]


17,000 square feet

New documents indicate a 17,000-square-foot LED screen will be built in Times Square, because we must bathe New York in constant daylight at all hours one block at a time. Still, it will be smaller than the largest sign in the world, a screen at 7 Times Square, which is currently under construction. [New York YIMBY]


$10 million

Former Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh has started a campaign for the Indiana Senate seat up for grabs in November. He has at least 10 million reasons to do so, as his old campaign account still remains flush. He puts the Indiana seat — contested on the right by Rep. Todd Young — very much in play. [CNN]


$4 billion

UFC, the mixed martial arts league, has been sold to talent agency WME-IMG as well as several other parties for a reported $4 billion. Talk about return on investment: The MMA organization was originally purchased for $2 million in 2000. [The Washington Post]


$9 billion

The numbers are still very much in flux, but the release of the hit alternate reality gaming app Pokemon Go has sent the value of Nintendo skyrocketing. The game added $7.5 billion to the value of the company in the two days since the game’s release, and $9 billion total after Monday trading. [CNBC, The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal]


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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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