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Significant Digits For Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

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5 miles

A five-mile stretch of the Great Wall of China was “restored” with ugly-looking concrete, which has been met with criticism from onlookers and now the internet. The World Heritage Site is in disrepair in portions — understandably so, it’s rather old indeed — and less than 10 percent is considered to be in good condition. [Smithsonian Magazine]

19 percent

Based on the latest from the FiveThirtyEight election model, that’s the percentage of the time that Florida provided the deciding electoral vote in simulations of the U.S. presidential election. The state is slightly leaning for Clinton, and is essentially a must-win for Donald Trump if he’s to have any hope of gaining the presidency sans unexpected results elsewhere. [FiveThirtyEight]

30.3 percent

Percentage of the U.S. labor force projected to be Hispanic or Latino in the year 2060, up from 16.6 percent in 2015, based on a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. [BLS]

71.8 percent

The polls are in after last week’s debate, and Hillary Clinton is a stronger favorite to win the presidency. She’s up 4 points on average in national polls and is a 71.8 percent chance to win based on our model. [FiveThirtyEight]


Number of reindeer that officials in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, a part of Siberia, have proposed killing off to stymie the spread of an anthrax outbreak ripping through the population. [The Washington Post]

$10.1 million

Kim Kardashian was allegedly robbed in Paris by a team of five. The thieves stole a ring worth roughly $4.5 million and a jewelry case with contents worth $5.6 million. [Yahoo]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.