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


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)


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)


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)

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Katie Long is an associate producer for Marketplace Morning Report.
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