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Significant Digits For Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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28 months

That’s how long the House select committee’s investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attacks lasted, exceeding the amount of time high-profile congressional committees spent digging into Watergate, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Sept. 11 attacks and Pearl Harbor. [AJC]


37 orbits

NASA’s Juno probe traveled through our solar system for nearly five years and arrived Monday at its destination: Jupiter. It will spend about 18 months carrying out 37 orbits to figure out the gas giant’s deal. [NBC News]


Between 64 and 116 civilians

Number of civilians that have been inadvertently killed during the U.S. drone and air war against terror suspects in “non-war zones,” according to the Obama administration. Watchdog groups place that figure higher. [The Washington Post]


70 hot dogs

Joey Chestnut won this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest after eating 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Last week, I looked at the evolution of that competition and how it transformed from a charming contest in which people consumed a lot of hot dogs into an event where victory is ensured only by a self-imposed 10-minute meat-and-bread waterboarding session. [ESPN, FiveThirtyEight]


440 death sentences

Just five prosecutors are responsible for putting a huge chunk of people on death row in the U.S. over the last several decades, a Harvard Law School investigation found. These five head prosecutors (only one is still in office) put 440 people on death row. Keep in mind: There have only been 8,038 death sentences since the reinstatement of the death penalty 40 years ago. [The Guardian]


20,000 pounds of cheese

Crime of the century in Wisconsin: 20,000 pounds of cheese from U.S. Foods, en route from Green Bay to New York, was stolen. Anyone with information is encouraged to call me. [The Associated Press]


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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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