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Significant Digits For Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Welcome to Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.

10 percent

The TSA has some serious issues going into the heavy summer travel months, with lines building and passengers getting steamed. One source of the problem: Since 2013 the airport security agency’s employee base has dropped by 10 percent while travel is up 12 percent over the same period. [The Takeaway]

12 percent

Venezuela is suffering through a food shortage, and a study last month found that 12 percent of polled Venezuelans reported they were having fewer than three meals per day. [The Guardian]

25 percent

A U.K. study looking at the effect the end of a marriage has on diet found that men who divorced, separated, or were widowed cut their consumption of fruits and vegetables by 25 percent compared to men who stayed married. [The Wall Street Journal]

32.1 percent

According to the Pew Research Center, 32.1 percent of Americans aged 18 to 34 live in their parents’ home, which is higher than the 31.6 percent in that age group who live with a spouse or are cohabiting. It’s the first time in more than a century that more young Americans live with their parents than a partner. [NPR]

$300 million

Volkswagen has invested $300 million into Israeli taxi-ordering app Gett. The investment is reminiscent of General Motor’s $500 million investment in Lyft, another ride hailing app. [Bloomberg]

$139 billion

The E.U. has given the go-ahead for Anheuser-Busch InBev to acquire SABMiller, a competitor, provided AB InBev sells off most of SABMiller’s beer business on the continent. Europeans spend about $139 billion on beer every year, so regulators are worried the consolidation could lead to a price hike. [Reuters]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.