Katie Long is a contributing digital producer for Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Tech. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, on WNYC, and WNET/Channel Thirteen New York. 

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The numbers for June 11, 2013: 222, 222, 222

$31.9 million

The amount Chicago spent on police overtime between January and April. The city has nearly reached its yearly budget of $38 million. (New York Times)

222,222,222.22

The amount of money mistakenly transferred by a bank worker in Germany. The employee was supposed to transfer 62.40 euros, but fell asleep at his keyboard with his finger on the number 2 key. (AFP)

Half

The proportion of STEM -- science, technology, engineering, and math -- jobs open to people who don't have a college degree, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. (Washington Post)

56%

Americans are not worried about government phone tracking. Phone dragnet? 56 percent said they were OK with it. (Ars Technica)

35

The number of trees in Seattle's Beacon Food Forest -- a place where you can scavenge for fruit and such all you like. Who needs the farmer's market when you have a tree? (Co.Exist)

The numbers for June 10, 2013: I spy...a number

11

The number of surveillance applications the court overseeing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act has rejected since 1979 -- out of 33,900 received. (WSJ)

1.4 million

The number of people who have top secret security clearances, according to the Director of National Intelligence. (WSJ)

26th

A Saudi prince is suing over his rank on the Forbes billionaires list, saying it is too low. (LA Times)

2 million

The number of homeschoolers in the United States. The Department of Education estimates homeschooling has been growing at a rate of 7 percent over the last 10 years. (Policy Mic)

$0

A couple is proposing to spend their first 90 days of marriage by only spending Bitcoins. (Kickstarter)

56%

Main drivers for "The Purge" were young women and Hispanics; the audience was 56 percent female and 56 percent under 25 years of age. Hispanics made up 33 percent of the crowd. (TheWrap)

The numbers for June 7, 2013: The lull in your workday

7.6%

The poverty rate for lesbian couples. According to a new analysis by UCLA, woman-woman couples have the highest rate of poverty. The poverty rate for married heterosexual couples is 5.7 percent and for pairs of gay men its 4.3 percent. (U.S. News and World Report)

2X

The interest rates of federally backed student loans is set to double in about a month if Congress doesn't act. Yesterday two bills addressing the issue were blocked in the Senate. (Reuters)

13

The number of kinds of ads you can now get on Facebook, down from 27. (AdAge)

2:55 p.m.

The worst time to get work done. Now we know why those coffee trips are neccesary. (CNN)

$75,000

One table. Yup, that is how much this one table costs. (Marketwatch)

The numbers for June 6, 2013: Botnets and birthdays

$500 million

The amount of money investigators believe a global cybercrime network stole by hacking bank information and personal identities. Microsoft is working with the FBI to crack the botnet. (Reuters)

37%

The percent of Americans who think their birthday should be a federal holiday, and give them the ability to take a day off. (YouGov)

#1

The bible is the number one best-selling book in Norway, which the AP notes is an increasingly secular country. The scriptures even out-paced what seemed the un-seatable "50 Shades of Grey." (AP)

9

The number of days YouTube was shutdown in Tajikistan, perhaps to stop an embarrassing karaoke performance by the country's president from going viral. (Marketplace)

20%

England loves its privacy. 20 percent of respondents believe Google Glass should be banned. (TechCrunch)

   

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The numbers for June 5, 2013: Let's go digging for video games

70

It's been that many years since 84-year-old Ingvar Kamprad started the Swedish furniture company Ikea. Kamprad is stepping down from the company's board to be replaced by his son, Mathias. (BBC)

X

Nope, not the Roman numeral for 10, but rather the rating for porn. Google has tightened its adult content rules, which means the first-known dirty content app for Google Glass won't get approved in its present form. (LA Times)

14

The number of truckloads filled with Atari's "E.T." video game that the company reportedly dumped into a New Mexico landfill back in 1983. A Canadian gaming outfit is to confirm the story, and if true, dig it up. (Marketplace)

-347

The percentage of ticket re-sales down from last year's American Idol Tour. (The Hollywood Reporter)

50/50

Americans prefer a U.S. Congress evenly divided between male and female members, as opposed to the current male majority. (Huffington Post)

The numbers for June 4, 2013: Cussing and kids TV shows

2

Two companies nearly annihilated by the 2008 financial crisis will rejoin the S&P stock index starting Friday -- General Motors and insurance giant AIG. (Reuters)

65

The number of letters in Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz, which was the longest word in German until now. (Marketplace)

4

Four-letter words are still unpopular in corporate America. The board of Scotts Miracle-Gro voted unanimously to reprimand the CEO of the company, who likes to swear, for his colorful language. (Wall Street Journal)

6

How many figures in the agreement to move Viacom kids' shows to Amazon Prime (The Verge)

59%

The decline in hospital visits when low-income adults were added to Wisconsin's public insurance system. (Health Affairs)

The numbers for June 3, 2013: Tip-top tippers and potatoes growing on bushes

69%

The percent of Germans who say they always tip. According to a survey by the travel company TripAdvisor, Germans tip the most. Americans are the second best tippers, with 57% leaving a gratuity. (TripAdvisor)

$50 million

The amount the IRS reportely spent on conferences for its employees. The new acting chief of the IRS calls this spending "inappropriate" -- which included money put towards teaching some IRS employees how to line dance. (Wall Street Journal)

$0.00

While addressing graduates at Princeton over the weekend, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke suggested students worry less about money. "Money is a means not an end," he said. "I'm not going to tell you that money doesn't matter, because you wouldn't believe me anyway." (CNN)

10%

Children surveyed in Britain that thought potatoes grew on bushes or trees. (BBC)

$130 million

Will Smith's "After Earth" rating on Rotten Tomatoes was a scant 13 percent, despite the blockbuster budget. Will Hollywood ever figure out what we want to see on the big screen? (CBS Minnesota)

The numbers for May 31, 2013: More like 80/20

12.2%

The unemployment rate for the 17 countries that use the euro. It's a new record high for the region. (Marketplace)

17,000

The number of summer internship applications at Goldman Sachs. Despite a rocky few years for Wall Street and Goldman's reputation, a lot of youngsters -- and their parents -- still want in. (The Guardian)

80%

The chances of a penny landing tails up after you spin it. It's heavy on the Lincoln head side, turns out. (Smithsonian Magazine)

5

As in MI-5. HSBC bank is bringing the former head of Britain's domestic spy agency on board. And speaking of spy chiefs, you heard that former CIA head David Petraeas just got a nice spot with KKR, the big private equity firm. (Financial Times)

1,000+

The number of nutrition labels found on Google. (TechCrunch)

The numbers for May 30, 2013: The happiest Tweeters

2.4%

The rate at which the U.S. economy grew in the first quarter of 2013. The revision is down slightly from the Commerce Department's initial estimate of 2.5 percent. The data show less government spending is at work here, amid Washington's austere footing when it comes to budgets. (Reuters)

140

The character limit of a Tweet. Researchers looked at millions of tweets for references to happiness and found that the saddest Tweeters live in Texas. The happiest are from Napa, California. (National Geographic)

5.2%

The amount Japan's Nikkei index lost today -- otherwise known as a "correction". Tokyo's booming stock market has dealt with major jitters recently, but is still up about 30 percent for the year. (The Telegraph)

43%

The percent of users dropping off Yahoo Messenger. Digital analytics firm ComScore says desktop-based instant messaging is down acrosss the board since April of 2012. Facebook chat and Gchat are up -- at least for now. (Buzzfeed)

$1,500

The average loan from Grameen, which is taking lessons from Kiva, and putting them into play in the U.S. (FastCo)

 

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