Digits: Accountants, the egg-conomy, and more wild new numbers

1) The plant-based meat industry is struggling to vegetate. Sales volume at supermarkets was down 14% last year, and orders dropped 9% at fast-food...
Jacob Cohen • January 23, 2023

Digits: Fireball, the IRS, T-Swift, and more news numbers

1) Payment companies pay lots of money for “signature sounds” that play when a purchase is made at a payment terminal. Interestingly, though, the...
Jacob Cohen • January 17, 2023

Digits: EV sales, a new patent king, and more news numbers

1) In 2021, American “retail shrink” — losses incurred through things like product theft and damages — grew to $94.5B, up from $90.8B in...
Jacob Cohen • January 9, 2023

Digits: TikTok ban-ter, virtual people businesses, and more news numbers

1) FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr told the Indian daily Economic Times that a TikTok ban is a “natural next step in our efforts to...
Jacob Cohen • January 3, 2023

Digits: Submarines, songs, and other news numbers

1) Ray Dalio, James Cameron, and the head of a submarine company walk into a bar… Sounds like the set up for a joke...
Jacob Cohen • December 19, 2022

Digits: Jeans, screens, and more news numbers

1) On the off chance a pair of really old jeans wind up in your possession, don’t dispose of them — a pair recovered...
Jacob Cohen • December 12, 2022

Digits: bombers, boxes, bottles, and more

1) The Pentagon showed off its new stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider, on Friday. The ~$753m plane can be flown without pilots, and the...
Jacob Cohen • December 5, 2022

Digits: Butter, weed, and more wild numbers

1) In November 2021, West Virginians purchased the most butter per capita of any US state, at 10.7 ounces per shopper, per Instacart data....
Jacob Cohen • November 28, 2022

Digits: Twitter math, sports betting, and more

1) Russians Anton Napolsky and Valeriia Ermakova were arrested for heading Z-Library, a piracy site hosting 11m+ ebooks. The site went viral on TikTok,...
Jacob Cohen • November 21, 2022

Digits: FT-Ex, Prime Air, and more

1) FT… Ex. The Miami Heat are ending their 19-year, $135m arena naming rights deal with bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, which also had lucrative...
Jacob Cohen • November 14, 2022

Digits: Airplane seats, Egyptian internet cables, and more

1) In the 1970s, the average airplane seat measured 35 inches long (including legroom) and 18 inches wide. Today, they’re 31 inches long and...
Jacob Cohen • November 7, 2022

Digits: Leaves, lipstick, T-Swift, and more

1) Every year, ~8m tons of leaves are raked up and brought to landfills in the US. Experts say we should let them be,...
Jacob Cohen • October 31, 2022

Digits: A crazy heist, Instacart’s growth, and more wild numbers

1) An inmate inside a maximum security prison in Georgia reportedly stole $11m by convincing Charles Schwab customer service reps that he was California...
Jacob Cohen • October 24, 2022

Digits: Jellyfish, oranges, Kodak, and more

1) Harvesting gelatinous macrozooplankton, also known as jellyfish, represents a $160m industry. The invertebrates are a popular food in China, and now some Italian...
Jacob Cohen • October 17, 2022

Digits: Airbnb horror, pumpkins, and more

1) If there’s anything you can depend on in life, it’s horror being a dependable genre at the box office. With a modest $4m...
Jacob Cohen • October 10, 2022

Digits: Tomatoes, TikToks, and more

1) US tomato prices are down 2% since the start of 2022 — despite 7% inflation across food generally. The reason being a mishmash...
Jacob Cohen • October 3, 2022

Digits: Pricy paintings, missing millions, and more

1) Over $150B in M&A have been delayed or fizzled out since June, per Bloomberg. Rising interest rates, crypto crashes, and worries over inflation...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 29, 2022

Digits: Garbage cans, Quidditch, and Toronto

1) San Francisco is holding a garbage can beauty pageant. Six custom-built models — Salt and Pepper, Slim Silhouette, Soft Square, BearSaver, Ren Bin,...
Jacob Cohen • July 25, 2022

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