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Significant Digits For Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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0 delegates

Number of delegates Ted Cruz appears to have won in Tuesday’s New York Republican presidential primary, which mathematically eliminated him from winning a majority of pledged delegates before the convention. Cruz insulted New York values earlier in the campaign, apparently not knowing that one of those values is not caring about people from Texas or what they think about your values. Presumably Cruz will do whatever anyone does when they learn they can’t hack it in New York, which is check out Philly or put all their hopes on a win in California. [The Associated Press]


Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, doing the most Utah governor thing in the history of both governors and Utah, has signed SCR 9, a resolution declaring pornography a public health hazard. [CNN]

18 seconds

I got one of those new chip credit cards, and it’s a total nightmare. It takes credit card machines forever to read the card, and society hasn’t yet developed the conversational mores for chitchat with the cashier during the half-minute the busted-up card reader is judging me. But there is hope on the horizon: Visa is launching software that can cut up to 18 seconds off the transaction time. I really wish I could go back to the swipe card because I don’t really need the extra security — that’s a problem for people with enough money where having a credit card stolen would be a cause for concern rather than a way for a thief to quickly overdraft at a Taco Bell. [The Wall Street Journal]

27 years old

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor announced in a tweet Tuesday that he will retire early. It’s not certain if that means the 27-year-old’s retirement is effective immediately or if he’s just making a public declaration of his career ambition. [The Guardian]

60 percent

Percentage of the New York GOP vote that went to Donald Trump, handing the native New Yorker a decisive and much-needed win and nearly all of the delegates New York has to offer. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton won the state’s primary by 16 percentage points. [ABC News]


Maximum civil penalty for flying a plane with no registration. This is of particular concern to Donald Trump, who has been flying in a jet owned by an LLC he controls with a registration that lapsed Jan. 31. [The New York Times]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.