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Significant Digits For Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016

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13 percent

People will probably buy more weed than usual this Friday. In Washington state, where recreational pot is legal, sales were up 13 percent on Black Friday last year compared to the average Friday. [Bloomberg]


68 percent

Percentage of Thanksgiving Day games that involved at least one of these teams: the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. The NFL’s decision to not always feature their best teams on Thanksgiving — we’re looking at you, Detroit — means that the quality of Thanksgiving football is less than, say, the level of basketball exhibited in the NBA’s Christmas Day slate. [FiveThirtyEight]


82 percent

Percentage of middle school students who weren’t able to determine the difference between sponsored content and a real news article, according to a new Stanford University study. [The Wall Street Journal]


1,023 commutations

President Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentences of 79 people imprisoned for drug-related offenses, bringing the total number of commutations he’s granted to federal inmates to 1,023. That is more than the previous 11 presidents combined. [The Washington Post]


More than 2 million

Hillary Clinton’s current lead over Donald Trump in the national popular vote. [David Wasserman]


$146 million

Estimated size of the market for aloe vera products in the U.S. Well, for products that claim to contain aloe vera, anyway. It turns out that store-brand aloe products sold in Target, Walmart and CVS didn’t contain any aloe at all, according to a lab analysis sponsored by Bloomberg News, despite listing it as one of the top two ingredients. [Bloomberg]


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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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