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Significant Digits For Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Welcome to Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. This is Blythe Terrell subbing for Walt Hickey, who is off somewhere nailing “Shout.”

3 years old

The age of a boy who entered a gorilla enclosure Sunday at the Cincinnati Zoo. The zoo killed a 17-year-old gorilla, called Harambe, that was near the child. A lot of people are upset about the decision to kill the gorilla, but everyone is being super understanding about the parenting decisions involved. [CNN]


My St. Louis Cardinals came out on top over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday. Just wanted to get that out there in advance of what’s sure to be an NL Central bloodbath this season. May be time to update this guy. [ABC]

30 minutes

That’s how long a Thai man spent trying to remove a python from his penis after it latched on while he was using a squat toilet in his home near Bangkok last week. It’s good to know this kind of thing happens in real life and not just in Samuel L. Jackson’s magnum opus and also EVERYONE’S NIGHTMARES. [The Associated Press]

36 points

Steph Curry had 36 points in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals Monday night. His Golden State Warriors took out Oklahoma City, 96-88, to earn a rematch with Cleveland in the NBA Finals. But I think what we’re all most excited about is seeing more of this kiddo. [ESPN]

59 percent

Bookings at Trump Hotels over the past three months are down 59 percent year over year, which is fine because I’m pretty sure you’d make that up in a hot second Airbnb-ing the Lincoln Bedroom. [Priceonomics]

62 percent

The percentage of adults who get news on social media, according to a Pew Research Center survey released last week. So you should probably tweet that snake penis thing above, because, dammit, the people need to know. [Pew]

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Blythe Terrell is a former senior editor at FiveThirtyEight.