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Significant Digits For Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

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A congressman who swiped the Pope’s water glass following the pontiff’s address to Congress will owe the House Clerk $3.94. It’s nice to know obsessive fandom is weird no matter how elevated the fan. [The Washington Post]

40 percent

The percentage of Americans who have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust in the mass media, down from a high of 55 percent in 1999. Uh, you guys trust me, right? [Gallup]

60 percent

The share of Americans in a new Pew survey who said any budget that passes Congress must include funding for Planned Parenthood. About 32 percent said Congress should eliminate funding. [Pew Research Center]


The Senate voted 77-19 on Monday to pass a spending bill that would keep the government open through Dec. 11. The measure passed after a passage stripping federal funding for Planned Parenthood was removed from it. Of course, we’ll go through all of this again in December. [Associated Press]

94.6 percent

The House Republicans’ “Party Unity Score” in the 113th Congress whenever they were voting against Democrats, a testament to Speaker John Boehner’s proficiency at keeping his party in line. Although, that consensus did not keep together as well when a majority of both parties took the same side in a vote. [FiveThirtyEight]

1,500 jobs

Whole Foods is cutting 1,500 jobs over the next several months, roughly 1.6 percent of its work force, following a disappointing quarter for sales. [Fast Company]

2.5 million advertisers

Facebook has 2.5 million advertisers, up from one million in June 2013. Mobile ads account for about 76 percent of Facebook’s ad revenue. [Marketing Land]

3.3 million cars

And the Volkswagen story gets a little worse: Subsidiaries Audi and Skoda say they have a total of 3.3 million cars on the road that used the same software that lied about emissions data as their parent used. About 2.1 million of those are Audis. [BBC]

13 million iPhones

Apple announced it sold 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus’s during their initial launch weekend, beating all previous iPhone opening weekends. [The Next Web]

$57 million

Medium, the online publishing platform, raised $57 million in its second funding round. [Re/code]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.