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The numbers for May 13, 2013: 140 characters of dirty diapers


The number of characters in a tweet. We use Twitter for all sorts of things, and now Huggies Brazil is using it to inform parents when their babies have dirty diapers -- all in 140 characters or less. (Today)


The amount (in kilograms) of explosive used to attempt to demolish a building in Brisbane, Australia. The problem was that wasn't enough to take the building down. A backhoe had to be called in to finish the job. (ITV)


The amount in Amazon coins that the company is giving away to Kindle Fire owners. Let's hope this doesn't turn into another Bitcoin. Or maybe that's a good thing? (Cnet)


The median income of public college leaders. That makes everyone feel better about their student loans. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

May 13, 2013

The numbers for May 10, 2013: The $35 lion meat taco


The cost of a lion meat -- yes, lion meat -- taco at Tampa's Taco Fusion restaurant. It's apparently legal. (Tampa Tribune)


The number of Marvel comics Android users can now read on their mobile devices with the new Marvel Unlimited app. (Venutre Beat)


The age of an artist in Japan who used the dreary spreadsheet program Excel to create beautiful images of landscapes. (Kotaku)

May 10, 2013

The numbers for May 9, 2013: 25,000 stinky scratch and sniffs


The number of natural gas-odored scratch and sniff cards distrubted by Montana utility Energy West. When workers in Great Falls put some boxes of expired scratch and sniffs into a garbage truck, the resulting crush raised an unholy stench, raising fears of a gas leak and leading to the evacuation of buildings. (The Great Falls Tribune)


Roughly the number of times 3D printing instructions for production of a plastic handgun have been downloaded. The gun is legal in the U.S. (Forbes)


The age of musician David Bowie, whose video for his new song "The Next Day" is apparently shocking enough that it was temporarily pulled from YouTube for "content violations." (The New York Times)

May 9, 2013

How do you shut off the Internet for an entire country? Three factors that matter

May 8, 2013
Three factors contribute to the ease of turning the web off.
Posted In: internet access, Syria Internet

What do you think of Jack Lew's new signature? (Poll)

May 8, 2013
One day, the signature of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will appear on every U.S. dollar. But first, he needs a signature that fits the bill.
Posted In: jack lew, signature

The numbers for May 8, 2013: That $5,000 mustache transplant

$9.7 billion:

The total profit reported by Toyota for its most recent fiscal year. This is in part the story of a weaker Japanese yen, which adds value to Toyota's overseas profits. (New York Times)


The amount of time it will take you to watch Daniel Sierra's video based on oscillating sine waves that create sound. Sierra made the video for his Master's thesis project at New York's School of Visual Arts. (Gizmodo)


The typical cost of a mustache transplant in Turkey. The county is the hot place to have the procedure because surgeons have a wealth of experience. (The Wall Street Journal)


The number of low income people who won’t have healthcare in Missouri due to Medicaid extensions being shot down. (Politico)


The fee Frontier Airlines could charge you for a carry-on bag. Spirit Airlines has announced it will dump its toll free number. And across the Atlantic, European airliner Ryanair has experimented with its own cost-saving measures, by

May 8, 2013

Five taxes you didn't know you were paying, in GIFs

May 7, 2013
President Barack Obama is proposing to increase federal tax and fees on airlines tickets. But before prices take off, here's a look at some other tax-heavy items you already pay more for.
Posted In: airline prices, Taxes, sales tax

The numbers for May 7, 2013: I'd like to buy a vowel


The amount lost on your pay check for every extra letter in your name, according to the career search website, TheLadders. It mined user data to show that the shorter your first name, the bigger your paycheck. Extra letters come at a cost of a cool $3,600, the website says. Good for you, Ted, Jim and Bob. (TheLadders Blog)


The number of computers hacked by 18 middle school students at a school in Alaska who snagged administrators' log-ins and used it to mess with classmates. Talk about a recipe for detention. Here's hoping they grow up to use their hacking skills for good, not evil. (via BBC)


The number of years Fox's reality TV show "Cops" ran on prime-time television. After 900 episodes it has earned the crown as the longest-running show on prime-time television. The show moves to Spike TV this fall. (Hollywood Reporter)


The number of singers celebrating the opening of their namesake museum in Stockholm, Sweden, this week. ABBA (Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson and Agnetha Faltskog) has sold 400 million records in its musical tenure. The museum includes scale models of the band's kitchen and a little cottage where some of musical magic happened. (LA Times)

May 7, 2013

The number mental health advocates want you to talk about

May 6, 2013
The folks at Mental Health America are encouraging people to complete a three-minute online screening as part of Mental Health Month.
Posted In: mental health, viral marketing

Spanish ad has a secret message only kids can see (video)

May 6, 2013
Technology in an advertisement for a Spanish organization let's adults and kids see different messages at the same time.
Posted In: marketing, viral marketing, advertising, advertisements, children