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Soap Can the web save the soap?

Jun 21, 2013
Web-only versions of popular soap operas may be back in production after a labor resolution.
Posted In: television, tv, soap operas

The numbers for June 21, 2013: Netting out

Net negative

Between 2005 and 2012, the number of Mexicans returning to their home country offset the number coming to the U.S., according to the Pew Hispanic Center. That's in comparison to 2000, a peak, in which more than 700,000 Mexicans came to the U.S. (WSJ)

Net positive

"Yeah", "discuss", "give". New research out of MIT says those words will help you win your business meeting. (WSJ)

The room number for Obama's immigration war room at the Dirksen Senate Office Building (h/t Wonkblog's Wonkbook Number of the Day). (NYT)

11- and 12-years-olds

If you follow sports even a little, you know that champions were crowned yesterday after a hard-fought series. We're speaking of course, of the National Marbles Tournament in Wildwood, New Jersey. Emily Cavacini, 11, and Cooper Fisher, 12, took home the titles. Oh, and also yesterday, the Miami Heat knocked off the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. (U.S. News)

Jun 21, 2013

Woody Harrelson isn't giving up on good ol' paper

Jun 21, 2013
The 51-year-old actor has just launched an environmentally-friendly paper product.
Posted In: paper, staples

College athletes team up on a different court

Jun 20, 2013
We're expecting movement today in the case that could decide whether college athletes share in the billions of dollars in broadcast and video game revenues
Posted In: NCAA, Sports, college

The numbers for June 20, 2013: Friends, Romans, Countrymen lend me your...Twitter feed

1 billion

Talk about high definition! NASA just took a billion-pixel photo of Mars. (NASA)

More than 100,000

Or should we say more than C (c'mon plebs, that's the Roman numeral for 100,000). It's also the number of Latin language followers the Pope has. (Buzzfeed)

$30 million

Public school students in Los Angeles will soon tote iPads to class instead of textbooks. The second largest public school district in America is starting with $30 million worth of the tablet devices. (Engadget)

$200 million

The Astrodome was once the pride of Houston, the world's first domed, air-conditioned stadium. But it's now a mess, deemed unfit for occupancy. Now the county has unveiled a nearly $200-million plan to save it. (Culture Map Houston)

Jun 20, 2013

The numbers for June 19, 2013: The economics of seat cushions

$200 billion

The amount the Congressional Budget Office estimates the Senate's immigration reform bill will save the government over the next 10 years. Most of that net benefit comes from new immigrant tax revenue. (AP)

17 inches

A new proposed limit on the width of stadium seat cushions at the University of Oregon. The university says cushions are taking up too much room during football games. Football stadium restrictions seem to be in vogue right now: The NFL has angered female fans by banning bags and purses. (The Oregonian)

33,860 trillion

The number of calculations a new Chinese supercomputer can do per second. That's more than enough to make it the world's fastest, beating out the American machine that had the title. (CBS News)

46 percent

The amount of drivers who still use printed maps for directions. Those who say they use GPS for navigation admit that computers have led them off-track more than four times. (Michelin)

Jun 19, 2013

Royal baby watch: What a celebrity baby can reap

Jun 19, 2013
As the world awaits the birth of the next Royal heir, a look at what a celebrity baby photo is worth to magazines.
Posted In: baby, royal, Kate Middleton, Prince William, celebrity

The numbers for June 18, 2013: Now you see it, now you don't

0 for 1

Thrifty rental car is taking back its free one day rental offer. Sorry, human error, said Thrifty as it clawed back the deal. (AP)


The percent of American smokers in 2012. New data shows the rate of smoking fell one percent since the previous year, though researches haven't concluded what caused the drop. (Washington Post)

$400 million

What the new royal baby might be worth to the British economy. Members of Britain's royal family are selling consumer items ahead of the birth of the royal baby, including baby pajamas modeled on a guardsman's uniform. (Christian Science Monitor)

Jun 18, 2013

NFL's bag ban angers female fans

Jun 17, 2013
The NFL is limiting the size and type of bags that can be brought into a stadium.
Posted In: NFL, bag ban, bags

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Obama

Jun 17, 2013
An ice cream shop in Northern Ireland geared up for the G-8 summit by creating eight new flavors of ice cream, one for each Group of Eight leader.
Posted In: G8 summit, Obama, Shinzo Abe



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