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Significant Digits For Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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4th consecutive title

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won the NCAA tournament championship game for the fourth consecutive time, this year defeating Syracuse for the title. The Huskies finished the season undefeated and three players became the first in basketball history to win four NCAA titles. [ESPN]

7 times

Mike Tyson is the undisputed king of playing characters who are also Mike Tyson: He’s appeared in seven films credited as himself, most of them since “The Hangover,” putting the former boxer in third place behind two talk show hosts who probably work for scale, Jay Leno and Larry King. [FiveThirtyEight]

9 shows

The Backstreet Boys are kicking the tires on a Las Vegas residency, doing nine shows in the market as part of their 130-show tour. [CNN]

400 employees

PayPal has rescinded plans announced two weeks ago to open up a global operations center in the Charlotte area in light of a new law passed in North Carolina. In a post on the company website, President and CEO Dan Schulman said the law “invalidates protections of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens.” The company said the center would have employed 400 people. [Paypal]


The filthy casuals at the FEC found that GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter racked up $1,302 worth of payments for Steam games on his campaign credit card. Hunter claims it is a mix up and pointed to his son accidentally using the wrong card to buy hella games. Regrettably, while it would be rather apt, for unfortunate reasons this political scandal can not be called “gamergate.” [The San Diego Union Tribune]

$140 million

David Tepper moved from New Jersey to Florida, and the hedge fund manager’s departure could cause legitimate issues for Jersey’s revenue calculation. Basically, 40 percent of the state’s revenue comes from personal income taxes; a third of that comes from 1 percent of taxpayers; and a 1 percent forecasting error means $140 million either way. With Tepper out, budgeters are legitimately concerned about how much the state could miss out on. [Bloomberg]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.