Katie Long is an associate producer for the Marketplace Morning Report. 

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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)

 

The numbers for May 29, 2013: 'One million dollars...'

$3.5 billion

The estimated insurance cost of last week's tornado in Oklahoma. Bloomberg News is reporting this does not include wrecked cars covered under auto policies. Marketplace's Krissy Clark shares some of the more human costs. (Marketplace)

Cobalt 60

The likely radioactive material contained in some metal-studded leather belts sold by British online retailer Asos. Radiation levels were very low, so the recall back in January was voluntary -- it's only now become public. (The Guardian)

$1 million

The cost of some Hampton's summer rentals. CNBC did the math, and that's about 9 thousand eight hundred dollars a day, but you'll get a nice pool and all-you-can eat square footage. (CNBC)

The numbers for May 28, 2013: 50 ways to eat your burger

$216,000

The amount of money you would have if you bought Apple shares in 2003 instead of a PowerBook. (The Next Web)

$125 billion

The economic cost of pregnant mothers not getting enough to eat around the world, according to charity Save the Children. Malnourishment before birth is associated with cognitive impairments that reduce a baby's future earnings potential. (NBC News)

50+

The number of different ways you can order a hamburger and sides from McDonald's. The company is reportedly looking for ways to slim down its menu. (Marketplace)

$50

Cost of a Tylenol at some hospitals. Why? Oregon Public Radio finds out. Hint: It has to do with automatic cost adjustments. (OPB)

17 weeks

Paid leave offered to Reddit employees when they become a mom or a dad. How's that compare to traditional media? Not so well. (Mother Jones)

The numbers for May 27, 2013: On the 7's

47 seconds

The flight time between two of the Orkney Islands in Scotland, the shortest scheduled flight. Stuart Linklater of Loganair, who has flow the hop 12,000 times over 24-years, is retiring. (Skift)

$700 million

The bid to buy Club Med resorts. The company's top shareholders are setting a friendly take-over in motion and are looking to shift focus away from Europe to emerging markets. (Reuters)

$8.7 billion

The amount Valeant Pharmaceuticals will pay to buy Bausch + Lomb. Two guys from Germany, John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb, founded the company in 1853. (Wall Street Journal)

The numbers for May 24, 2013: 50 years of library fines

0, 1, 2

Numbers can be dry, especially for an insurance processor. But home insurer Schofields does get some amusing claims every so often, including damages for construction of an indoor beach and pig's blood. (The Telegraph)

500 years

The age of German beer purity law "Reinheitsgebot." The Association of German Breweries is worried that hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" could jeapardize the purity of the groundwater that goes into beer. (Der Spiegel)

163 mph

The speed of a bike powered with hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide is combined with a catalyst to make heat, water and then steam. The steam shoots out of a tiny nozzle on the bike to push it forward. And bravo to the cyclist for following that all important rule: Always wear a helmet. (The Telegraph)

50 years

Keith Richards admitted to owing 50 years worth of library fines. Might be time to find that book and return it? (NME)

2

How many heavy metal albums Christopher Lee has released. You may remember him from "Lord of the Rings" or "Dracula." "Charlemagne: The Omens of Death" comes out next week. (Hammer)

The beat of the sequester furloughs marches on

As a result of sequester, the IRS, HUD, the EPA and Office of Management and Budget become part of the biggest wave of government office closures since 1995.
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