Digits: The ‘Skinny House,’ influencers who don’t exist, and more newsy numbers

A surprising number of people follow fake influencers — and buy the products they hype.

53%: Share of people who follow at least one virtual influencer, per a survey from The Influencer Marketing Factory. These influencers are not real people, yet many have racked up millions of followers and big brand sponsorships. Respondents’ reasons for following them included curiosity and entertainment value — but 44% said they’d never purchased a product endorsed by a virtual influencer.

A hand holds a phone, its screen displaying a photo of virtual influencer Miquela, against a pink background.

65%: Percent of US adults who said their financial life was made worse by rising inflation last year, per the Fed’s annual Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking. For lower-income adults, that sometimes meant missing meals, medical care, and bills. Times were especially tough for parents of young children struggling to afford the climbing cost of child care.

10 feet: Width of a Jacksonville Beach, Florida, home that is still somehow $619k. The so-called “Skinny House” was built on a leftover plot of land, which has room for a pool but a garage that may be too small for larger vehicles. Though narrow, the home is 140 feet deep with a loft, making room for two beds and 2.5 baths. Despite the home’s odd dimensions, there is apparently an interested buyer.

706: People named Kyle who met in Kyle, Texas, in an attempt to break a world record for the biggest gathering of people with the same name. Unfortunately for Texas, that’s even less than last year’s attempt — which drew 1,490 Kyles — and Bosnia still holds the Guinness World Record thanks to a 2017 gathering of 2,325 Ivans.

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