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Significant Digits For Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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

1 sanctioned athlete

Not even the rough-and-tumble world of competitive tug of war has escaped doping scandals: The World Anti-Doping Association has processed 107 drug tests for the sport, one of which led to a sanction. [FiveThirtyEight]

12 years

Sheldon Silver, the former New York Assembly speaker, was sentenced to 12 years in prison in a corruption case. He’ll also face a $1.75 million fine and will forfeit $5.3 million in ill-gotten gains. Somehow, six of the last seven New York state legislative majority leaders have been convicted on criminal charges. [ABC New York]

16 nominations

“Hamilton,” that awesome play none of us will ever get tickets to but still play on Spotify nonstop, has been nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards. Also, we kept ol’ Hambone on the $10 bill, so he’s doing pretty OK right now. [Vulture]


Number of people kidnapped by pirates this year so far compared to 15 in all of last year. With ransoms up to $400,000, it’s brisk business for hijackers, according to the Oceans Beyond Piracy group. [BBC]


With 53 percent of the vote statewide, Donald Trump has won the Indiana Republican primary and, barring a major shift in the forthcoming states, has become the presumptive nominee of the GOP. Also, Sen. Ted Cruz has dropped out. Wow. [ABC News]

1 million condoms

New York City is sending Puerto Rico 1 million NYC-branded condoms to combat the spread of the Zika virus. [New York Magazine]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.