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Significant Digits For Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

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Jeff Fisher coaches the Los Angeles Rams, a team that has uniformly failed on offense with little sign of improvement. If the Rams lose one more game this season, Fisher will become the fifth-ever coach in the NFL to achieve five consecutive losing seasons with the same team. Three of his potential predecessors were sacked; the last was Tom Landry. [FiveThirtyEight]

10 seconds

Donald Trump tweeted about wanting to cancel a Boeing government contract 35 seconds after 8:52 a.m. yesterday. It took a full 10 seconds before the market reacted, sending the price of Boeing stock down. That chunk of time — ten seconds seems like a few heartbeats but in algorithmic computerized trading it’s a freaking lifetime — shows that the Street potentially hasn’t fully figured out how to trade on Trump’s tweets. [CNBC]

+18.8 points

The final contest of the 2016 election cycle — the Louisiana Senate runoff election this Saturday — is polling like it’s going to be a shellacking, with Republican John Neely Kennedy polling 18.8 points above Democrat Foster Campbell in the four polls taken since election day. [FiveThirtyEight]

20 percent

That’s the percentage of film reviews that come out two days or earlier before a movie release. The crux here is that you probably should take early scores from review aggregators with a grain of salt, as loads of movies see a big slip in the ratings right before hitting theaters. [FiveThirtyEight]

100 percent

Google expects that 100 percent of its data centers and offices’ power will come from renewable energy sources by 2017. [Google Blog]


Iowa will pay two Californians $60,000 after their bankroll was seized by Iowa State Patrol troopers in a warrantless search as part of an asset forfeiture. The Californians sued, and the state of Iowa not only will return the inappropriately ripped off cash but will also disband its state forfeiture team. [Iowa City Press Citizen]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.