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Significant Digits For Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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1 voter

A single voter showed up to a Rick Santorum campaign stop in Iowa Monday — not a great sign for the former Republican senator turned neologism turned presidential aspirant. [Politico]

13th career start

San Francisco Giants pitcher Chris Heston threw a no-hitter in his 13th career start in the major leagues, against the New York Mets. The Giants won 5-0. [Associated Press]

21-point swing

A new Pew survey found that 57 percent of U.S. adults favor letting gay and lesbian couples legally marry, up from 36 percent in 2005. [Pew Center for the People and the Press]

41 percent

Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders got 41 percent of the vote in a meaningless straw poll at the Wisconsin Democratic Convention. According to my colleague Harry Enten, this is essentially an insignificant digit, so let’s all do our best to get the word out about how this doesn’t mean the senator from Vermont has anything resembling momentum. [FiveThirtyEight]

45 percent

Markets are bracing for an oversupply of cotton, as demand in China for imports of the raw material is projected to drop 45 percent this year. China has accumulated cotton stockpiles since 2011 and this year intends to pare down the size of those stockpiles, which means fewer imports. [The Wall Street Journal]


A FIFA-produced Sepp Blatter biopic made $607 in its 10-theater U.S. premiere, far short of its $29 million budget. It made $319 on Friday and $288 on Saturday, showing a clear cratering of momentum that could be a death knell for the inspiring tale of a humble boy who became a bargain-bin Bond villain. [Los Angeles Times]

2,200 liberations

About 2,200 piglets escaped from a truck in Ohio Tuesday after the truck crashed. About 1,500 of them have been recaptured, but let’s hope Colin “The Forger” Blythe’s handiwork will get the rest of the liberated swine through to Spain. [Fox 19]

12,200 not-yet-dead Americans

An estimate from the Social Security Administration says that about 12,200 living Americans are inaccurately declared dead by the agency every year due to keystroke errors. Life-after-official-death for these people is tough, mostly because it becomes very difficult to do just about anything involving finances. [Priceonomics]


Prosecutors are investigating what happened to $750,000 FIFA sent to aid the earthquake relief effort in Haiti. The money went through accounts controlled by FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, who is wanted on soccer-related corruption and bribery charges. Nobody knows exactly what happened to the money, but I have a few ideas. [BBC]

1.3 million

The Great Recession led to a big drop in construction jobs in the U.S., and the field still hasn’t recovered. About 2.3 million jobs disappeared from the sector’s peak employment in 2006 to its nadir in 2011, and 1.3 million are still missing. [The Wall Street Journal]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.