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When the Commerce Department releases its first reading of second-quarter gross domestic product this coming Thursday, there will also be a spate of annual revisions. This happens every year and serves to give more retroactive perspective on the U.S.'s economic growth trajectory.
In the day/month format that is used in some parts of the world, 22/7 is celebrated in some circles (ahem) as Pi Approximation Day?, where 22 divided by 7 yields a quotient that represents pi.
One reason social scientists and others use U.S. baby names to study cultural trends is simply because the data are readily available.
One thing fair-skinned beach lovers should keep in mind is that the surest way to prevent sunburn is to avoid exposure entirely: Seek out shade and wear protective clothing and sunglasses that filter out UV rays.
Today's number, 1, comes courtesy of the leap second.
Last night in baseball--with home runs galore, a cycle and a run of shutouts seen just five times--was a wonderful reminder that numbers are sometimes just cool for the accomplishment they represent.
"Jurassic World" set a box-office record for the best opening weekend of all-time. Even better? The inflation-adjusted returns of "Gone With the Wind" in 1939.
By winning horse racing's Triple Crown this past weekend, American Pharoah entered the conversation on where he stands among all-time great thoroughbreds. But ranking American Pharoah is a subjective game.
Wagering on American Pharoah to place (come in second or better) or show (third or better)--even for horse players who are convinced the highly touted winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes is destined to cross the Belmont wire first--might be the best bets.
Today's number, 103,484, comes courtesy of the word count in General Electric's annual financial report.
The social networks of introverts tend to be smaller than the networks of extroverts, which could affect their careers, according to new research by two Dartmouth professors.
With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at $233 million for Friday's drawing, workplace office pools are quite likely cropping up like wild mushrooms after a rainfall. At least they have here at Numbers HQ.
The Current Population Survey provided reliably comparable data on the number of uninsured Americans--until last year.
As The Numbers wrote in January, the leap second is due to make one of its periodic appearances later this year. And markets are jumpy.
When it comes to data, the language used to explain is often as important as the numbers. The USDA's estimates of where folks are eating is a prime example.
The U.S. is running out of Internet Protocol addresses. But this doesn't mean the Internet has reached its limit.
Today's number, $179.4 million, comes courtesy of the auction house Christie's, which on Monday evening sold Picasso's "Women of Algiers (Version O)" to an anonymous telephone bidder.
Every day this week will be the same forward and backward, if formatted as it is in the U.S. as 5/11/15 (i.e., 51115, 51215, etc).
Take the numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, use any combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and arrive at an answer of 18.
Professional test-prep courses are time-consuming and expensive, but if they significantly boost a student’s SAT score, they might be worth it for those who can afford the coaching.