Digits: Super Bowl bonuses, wasabi, and used cars

Plus: The biggest sports bet ever made and an odd fact about street names.

1) This year, players on the winning Super Bowl team will each get $150k bonuses, while players on the losing team will get $75k bonuses. That’s on top of $150k in playoff bonuses earned by both teams.

Digits: Super Bowl bonuses, wasabi, and used cars

2) Speaking of the Super Bowl, furniture mogul “Mattress Mack” placed the single largest (legal) sports bet ever: $5m on the Bengals winning. This was written before the Super Bowl ended, but if Cincinnati won, he’ll get $16.2m.

3) A study of US street names found that homes on streets named after Confederate leaders sell for 3% less on average than homes nearby. The study focused on ~6k sales across 1.4k+ streets from 2001 to 2020.

4) Wasabi production is down 55% in the last decade — a result of climate and demographic change in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture. For those unaware, much of the “wasabi” Americans eat at sushi restaurants is just green-dyed horseradish.

5) The average price of a used car hit $28.5k in January, up 31% YoY. As a result, the number of 16- to 25-year-olds purchasing used cars sank 35% between 2019 and 2021.

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