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Significant Digits For Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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1 game

The NFL is dipping its toe in the water of alternative distribution methods — the rights to one game this year, to be played in London, will be sold to a digital distribution company. [Wall Street Journal]


More than 4 percent

SeaWorld, accused in a 2013 documentary of mistreating the orcas it owns, saw its attendance fall more than 4 percent for the second year in a row. The company launched a campaign to assure people that, nah, the whales are like totally cool with the whole captivity thing. [Fusion]


$10 fine

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas announced his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during Liberty University’s convocation, an event that students are required to attend. Those who don’t show up face a $10 fine, a Liberty sophomore told National Journal. Several Rand Paul supporters not only attended but donned shirts showing their support for the Kentucky senator. [National Journal]

12 percent

Prime-time ratings for the Discovery Channel are up 12 percent so far this year as the network tries to expand the base of people who watch shows about people trying to find a big shark or something. [USA Today]


30 percent

Each of the first five issues of the latest run of “Thor” — the one in which the bearer of Mjolnir is female — sold about 30 percent more copies than the corresponding issue of the preceding run, “Thor: God of Thunder,” in which the title character was the Odinson comic book fans know. [The Verge]


40 percent

The estimated share of content viewed on YouTube that is in the music video genre. [Quartz]

390 shootings

The Justice Department released a report criticizing the Philadelphia Police Department over its training and shooting review procedures. Officers have been involved in 390 shootings over the past eight years, roughly one per week. [New York Times]


5,000 words

A physicist who worked on the hydrogen bomb more than 60 years ago was asked by federal officials recently to cut roughly 5,000 words from his memoir — 10 percent of the text — after a security review. He didn’t. [New York Times]


$2 billion

Reported valuation of Slack, the company behind the messaging product of the same name. [Business Insider]


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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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