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Significant Digits For Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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2nd flight

SpaceX, which has recovered eight of 13 rockets that it attempted to land after launch, will for the first time re-use portions of a rocket engine that has flown before. [The Verge]

4 times

Number of times Facebook has added a core feature of Snapchat to its apps. The latest example: Facebook will allow its users to post pictures and videos that disappear after 24 hours. The company already rolled out the feature in its Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger apps. [Bloomberg]

10 contestants

Number of people, out of an initial 23, who stuck it out a full year in a reality show that marooned them in the Scottish wilderness. To make matters worse, the social experiment may have gone on for the full run, but the show tanked and Channel 4 stopped showing “Eden” after four episodes. [Variety]


The GOP-led House of Representatives voted 215-205 to allow internet service providers to sell data about customers without their permission. This includes medical, personal and financial data. Privacy advocates are furious. [NPR]

1,600 signatures

The Isle of Wight council called for the public to suggest names for a new floating bridge. That, naturally, led to a petition — which as of Tuesday had received more than 1,600 signatures — to name the ferry-like structure “Floaty McFloatface.” After initially vetoing the suggestion, the council now says it will consider it. [On The Wight]

$1.35 million

Congress is considering raising the minimum investment for an immigrant investor visa from $500,000 to $1.35 million. With the current program set to expire April 28, many foreign investors who want the U.S. visa are dumping money stateside to try to get that EB-5. [Bloomberg]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.