Significant Digits For Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

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Monday Night Football not replacing Jason Witten, people not here for it
Wednesday May 01, 2019

Jason Witten’s one season off the job for the Dallas Cowboys went pretty poorly while working as color analyst for Monday Night Football. He flubbed names, got tongue-tied, made up sayings and broke an MVP Pro Bowl trophy on the way out. It was so bad that he unretired to rejoin the Cowboys. Monday Night […]

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10,246,035 dislikes and counting
YouTube has an annual tradition of releasing a “Rewind” video, meant to celebrate the past year on the platform. The company’s 2018 version, however, has become the most disliked video in the history of the platform, with 10,246,035 dislikes as of Thursday — and counting. It surpassed even the 9,910,204 dislikes on the music video for Justin Bieber’s “Baby.” The dubious record set by “Rewind” was apparently due, in part, to Bieber fans disliking the video en masse, wanting to unburden themselves and “Baby.” [The Washington Post]

Are Any Of MLB’s Breakout Teams For Real?
Wednesday May 01, 2019

Statheads know that it usually takes roughly 70 games for baseball results to really start meaning something. On the first day of May a year ago, the New York Mets were 17-9 and the Los Angeles Dodgers were 12-16. Needless to say, both these teams’ fortunes would change: The Mets immediately collapsed into oblivion; the […]

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133-acre campus
Apple plans to build a $1 billion, 133-acre campus in Austin, Texas, that will employ 5,000 people, continuing an unabashed and apparently unstoppable tech-driven sterilization of what were once interesting American cities. Hi, San Francisco. Hi, Seattle. Hi, New York. [NPR]

Kyler Murray or Daniel Jones? Debate ensues as Cardinals to face Giants
Tuesday October 15, 2019

With the Arizona Cardinals’ game against the New York Giants on the horizon for Week 7, quarterback Kyler Murray will face a fellow rookie for the first time this season. So of course, talk shows couldn’t not compare the two after Murray was selected first overall and Daniel Jones was selected sixth overall in this year’s draft. […]

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70 finches
Customs officials at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York found 70 live finches hidden in hair rollers in the duffel bag of a passenger arriving from Guyana. The birds are thought to have been brought to the U.S. to participate in underground singing contests. [The Guardian]

2 technicians
Two technicians at a U.S. research base in Antarctica run by the National Science Foundation died this week. They were performing maintenance on a building that houses a generator for a radio transmitter, and what appeared to be smoke was seen coming from the building. The station is the largest in Antarctica, currently home to more than 1,000 people. [Reuters]

$4,983,766.85
The court battle between Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams on one side and Marvin Gaye’s family on the other has ended. Thicke and Williams were ordered to pay Gaye’s family $4,983,766.85 for plagiarizing Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” in Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines.” The latter song, however, made them $16 million. [Vulture]

16 days
President Trump is planning a 16-day holiday visit to his Florida club, Mar-a-Lago, according to an alert issued by the Federal Aviation Administration that warns pilots to avoid the airspace over the club from Dec. 21 to Jan. 6. That would be his longest visit to Mar-a-Lago since he became president. [The Palm Beach Post]

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