Drive-thru times, giant robots, and more

Drive-thru times, the oldest skydiver, a big robot, and more wild numbers.

$3m: The cost of Tsubame Industries’ 14.8-foot-tall, 3.5-ton robot suit. Designed for emergencies and space exploration, it can be piloted with internal joysticks and resembles a similar machine from the 1970s anime “Mobile Suit Gundam.” Tsubame CEO Ryo Yoshida drew from his culture’s knack for animation, games, robots, and cars, saying, “I wanted to create something that says, ‘This is Japan.’”

A Taco Bell sign, a silhouette of a skydriver, a young Asian man in a blue graduation cap and gown, and a red-and-white robot on a blue and purple background.

$1.2k: The minimum cost of applying to college, per Command Education CEO Christopher Rim. What’s driving that figure? Application volume rose 30% for the 2022-23 academic year compared to 2019-20. Rim told CNBC he now sees students applying to up to 20 schools at $60-$100 a pop. Add ACT and SAT test fees and that’s a “bare minimum” of $1.2k-$2k.

104 years: The new world record for the oldest person to go skydiving, set by Dorothy Hoffner of Chicago. Hoffner told reporters, “The whole thing was delightful, wonderful.” But it wasn’t her first rodeo — the centenarian thrillseeker completed her first dive at age 100.

278.84 seconds: The average total time customers spend in a Taco Bell drive-thru, from getting in line to receiving their food. That makes Taco Bell the quickest fast-food chain on Intouch Insight’s annual report, but it lost on both accuracy and satisfaction to Chick-fil-A, the chain with the longest average total wait time of 436.09 seconds.

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