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The numbers for Friday, November 8, 2013: Fork it over, Twitter

$5,940

The amount of money Twitter owes our very own Kai Ryssdal. That's according to a fun interactive Time magazine created which calculates a monetary figure by factoring in the number of followers someone has, how many times a day that person tweets, and compounds it by some corporate valuation numbers Twitter put in its IPO prospectus. Kai could buy a lot of red pantswith that. (TIME)

25

The amount of years satirical newspaper The Onion has been in print. But that's soon coming to an end -- the December 12th issue will be the Onion's last issue in print. But don't fret. The paper will still be available online. (AdAge)


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Nov 8, 2013

Hedge fund founder calls insider trading rules "vague"

Nov 8, 2013
The documentary series Frontline uncovered video related to Steven A. Cohen and SAC Capital's fine of $1.2 billion.
Posted In: insider trading, Steven Cohen, sac capital

The numbers for Thursday, November 7, 2013: Twitter = coal canary?

$48.50

Nope, we're not talking about Twitter's share price debut on the NYSE. That number was Boston Market's share price back in 1993 when the chicken restaurant chain went public. Just like Twitter, which is currently seeing its share price leap more than 80 percent above its offering price, Boston Market's stock price soared to an almost-unheard-of 140 percent by the day's end (!), closing at $48.50. So who's the big bird now? (Yahoo! Finance)

25 million

While we're on the subject of birds, Thanksgiving is 21 days away (countdowns start early in our office) and if you're planning on flying, that's the number of people that will be traveling by air between November 22 and December 3 -- about 1.5 percent more than a year ago. So, happy travels! (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)


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Nov 7, 2013

Income inequality and the pursuit of un-happiness

Nov 5, 2013
The OECD releases its “How’s Life?” study today where it measured the happiness of 33 countries.
Posted In: income inequality, OECD, Russia

Chinese baiju rice wine: By the numbers

$92.4 billion

Sales of Chinese baijiu in 2012. The traditional Chinese banquet drink is the world’s largest spirit category by sales. Source: International Wine and Spirit Research Group.

4.9%

Forecasted growth rate for sales of baijiu in 2013,equaling the growth rate for the past two years. Source: Euromonitor

98%

The estimated percentage of China’s sales of spirits in 2012. The category includes vodka and whiskey. Source: Euromonitor

441 million

The number of primary baijiu drinkers in China who are aged between 30 and 49 by 2015. Source: China Cuisine Association

22%

The percentage of the "post-1980 generation" among baijiu drinkers by 2015. Source: China Cuisine Association

4 trillion

Total sales for 13 listed Chinese baijiu companies between 2003 and 2012. Annul growth rate soared since 2006 to 20% from 10%, and peaked in 2011 at 46%. Source: Wind

17 billion liters

Projected baijiu production in 2016, compared with 4.9 billion liters in 2007. Source: Frost & Sullivan


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Nov 5, 2013

What does $36 less on groceries look like?

Nov 1, 2013
Starting today, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as food stamps , will see a cut of $5 billion. Under the cuts, a family four will receive $36 less in benefits every month.
Posted In: food stamps, instagram

Ten must-know facts about food stamps

Nov 1, 2013
A 2009 extension of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, expires today.
Posted In: food stamps, SNAP, stimulus

The Numbers for Friday, November 1: People

2,364,000

The number of workers who quit their jobs in August, an 11 percent increase compared to last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That might be a good sign for the economy and job market, though, as more people feel confident enough in their ability to find better employment and affordable healthcare to leave work. (Marketplace)

550,000

The number of people who actively pitch, refine, and vote on ideas for new consumer product inventions created by the New York City startup Quirky. The company has found success using the crowd-sourcing approach with inventions like a flexible power strip and inventive storage containers that it sells through retailers like Target and Home Depot. Inventors and members who contribute to each product get a share of the revenue, and the company expects sales to reach $50 million this year. (Forbes)

6

The number of people who were able to successfully enroll in the new federal health insurance exchange in the first day of their availability, according to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (CNBC)


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Nov 1, 2013

No wintry grave for Cronut craze

Oct 31, 2013
A culinary lesson in scarcity, supply and demand ... and demand ... and demand, via the 'cronut.'
Posted In: cronut, Food, scarcity

OK, Boston, congrats. But who won the World Series of fans?

Oct 30, 2013
The Boston Red Sox defeated St. Louis on the field. But how much does it matter when baseball fans step up to the plate for their team?
Posted In: World Series, baseball, Boston Red Sox, Cardinals, St. Louis, boston

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