That’s one heck of a gourd, a $122m plumbing problem, and more newsy numbers

Big gourds, return-to-office spend, an icky issue, and more wild numbers.

A collage of images on a pink background, including a white toilet, a pumpkin, a cup of coffee, a salad, and a group of four young people clinking alcoholic beverages.

11%: The increase in late-night (11pm-5am) spending in New York City compared to pre-covid levels, per Mastercard. Meanwhile, Resy data shows 5pm is the fastest-growing dinner reservation time across the US, with 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm reservations having dipped compared to 2019. (Perhaps people are taking more post-dinner, pre-going out naps than ever?)

2,749 pounds: The new world record for heaviest pumpkin, set by Travis Gienger, a horticulture teacher from Anoka, Minnesota, and winner of the 50th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California. For this feat, Gienger received a $30k prize. Also of note: You could make 687+ pies with this massive gourd.

$51: Average amount workers who’ve returned to the office spend per day on things like coffee, meals, parking, and commuting, according to a report from Owl Labs. This figure increases to $71/day for those who need pet care, and drops to $36/day for those who work from home.

~300k: Blockages that UK water companies fix per year due to plastic wet wipes people flush down the toilet, which can merge with oil and create pipe-blocking “fatbergs.” The government is considering banning such wipes, potentially saving water companies $122m annually.

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