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Significant Digits For Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

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10th debate

The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday that an additional Republican primary debate will be hosted by the Fox Business Network on Jan. 14 in South Carolina. That brings the number of RNC-sanctioned debates to 10, according to the RNC, and to 1 gazillion according to bedraggled political observers who just want to go home and sleep for once. [POLITICO]

15 seconds

The XSTAT 30, approved this week by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for use by first responders on the general population, is a syringe filled with sponges “that’s used to control severe, life-threatening bleeding from wounds in bodily areas where a traditional tourniquet is of no use.” It can plug gunshot wounds in 15 seconds, and was first approved last year for battlefield use. [Gizmodo]

34.7 percent

According to a report from Sandvine, a Canadian broadband equipment company, Netflix accounts for 34.7 percent of prime-time Web traffic in North America. A further 16.88 percent is from YouTube. Remaining sources of traffic: HTTP (i.e. this page you are reading right now, if you’re reading it in a browser), bittorrent and other streaming sites each accounted for roughly 6 percent or less apiece. [Quartz]

39 minutes

Time spent by American teens (12 to 16 years old) exercising each day, according to research published in the journal Pediatrics. During school days, a little more than half that “moderate to vigorous activity” happened at school. [The Los Angeles Times]

51 percent

FiveThirtyEight released its NBA forecast yesterday, and the undefeated Golden State Warriors are massive favorites to win the title. The model has them winning the championship 51 percent of the time. [FiveThirtyEight]


Speaking of the ludicrously successful Warriors, there’s a decent chance they’ll beat the all-time best record, 72-10, set by Michael Jordan’s Bulls in the 1995-96 season. The probability the Warriors get at least 73 wins, according to the model, is 44 percent. [FiveThirtyEight]

$41,000 in chicken wings

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office says a father and son stole $41,000 worth of chicken wings, improperly ordered for a restaurant where they were employed as cooks, and sold the pilfered poultry on the street to other businesses. [CBS Indianapolis]

5 billion maps

Number of requests Apple Maps handles each week, three years into its run. The service has bounced back after flopping out of the gate due to inaccuracies and difficulty competing with Google Maps. Apple reported that their Maps app is the top navigation app on iPhones and iPads. [Beta Boston]

$318 billion

Following a dip in Exxon Mobil’s market cap and a spike in Amazon’s stock, Amazon — valued at $318 billion to Exxon Mobil’s $311 billion — became the fifth largest company on earth on Tuesday. [Quartz]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.