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Significant Digits For Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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0 occupants

A bouncy house at a child’s birthday party was swept up by high winds and blown into power lines in Niagara, New York, this past Saturday. Since it had no occupants at the time, this went from “horrifying catastrophe” to “hilarious must-see video” nearly immediately. [ABC News]


3rd place

This year’s Golden State Warriors had a serious chance at being the best-ever NBA team, but their loss in the NBA Finals means they’re not even in the top two. The 2015-16 Warriors, with a blended Elo score of 1798 on the season, finished behind the 1995-96 and 1996-97 Chicago Bulls. [FiveThirtyEight]


7 bot makers

Twitch, a video streaming service that is a subsidiary of Amazon, has filed a lawsuit against seven bot makers, claiming that they are responsible for inflating view counts and subscriber numbers on the website. Twitch is pretty much throwing the whole book at them, claiming “federal trademark infringement, unfair competition, cybersquatting, fraud, breach of contract, and tortious interference,” according to Quartz. Dang. [Quartz]


44 percent

British voters will vote on a referendum to exit the European Union on June 23, and based on the latest polling it’s going to be very tight. An Opinium poll has “leave” and “remain” camps tied with 44 percent each, and two YouGov polls put the support for each side within a point or two of each other. [ABC News]


30,799,000 viewers

Average audience of Game 7 of the NBA Finals this year. It was the NBA’s most-watched game since Game 6 of the 1998 finals, when Michael Jordan’s Bulls beat the Utah Jazz. [CNNMoney]


81 million viewers

Number of viewers in the most-watched presidential debate in history, which featured Ronald Reagan sparring with then-President Jimmy Carter in 1980. With a premier bout between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the works, that record may not last much longer. [Bloomberg]


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