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0.5 percent per year
Credit-rating agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded Russia’s sovereign debt to junk levels, forecasting growth of merely 0.5 percent per year over the next three years. [The New York Times]
Percentage of amputations related to snowblower injuries — caused by sticking a portion of your body (mostly the fingers) into a snowblower while it’s still running — where the victim was male. [The Washington Post]
Value of a statue of a bare-chested Celtic god of the sea, described as a “6-foot-tall striking local male with an athletic build,” missing from a Northern Irish town. Guys, I’m right here. [The New York Times]
Estimate of how much American Airlines could save in yearly fuel costs by flying without Sky Mall catalogs weighing down its planes, assuming there are 37.5 pounds of Sky Malls on every American 737 hopping around the skies. It takes fuel, however little, to lug every pound to 35,000 feet on each flight, and that can add up in the aggregate. [Wired]
Since 1996, the number of tourists visiting Times Square every year has doubled to 40 million. As a result, companies attempting to accomplish actual things — such as the publisher Condé Nast and the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom — are fleeing the seething hellhole of a neighborhood. [The New York Times]
11.2 billion years old
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