By The Numbers

The numbers for May 2, 2013: 700 million tons of garbage and a single tweet

Marketplace Staff May 2, 2013
$76 billion

The combined worth of Swiss commodities trading giant Glencore and mining company Xstrata after closing the deal on their merger. (WSJ)


The number of managers in the U.K. who voted for the most annoying corporate jargon. The winner: “thinking outside the box,” of course. Runners up include “going forward” and “let’s touch base.”(

700 million

The tonnage of trash that must be imported to Oslo, Norway, to feed its trash-powered energy system. The head of Oslo’s waste-to-energy agency says he’d love to get some from the United States. Shipping garbage by sea is relatively cheap, he says, as long as you don’t spill it on the way. (Gizmodo)


How many tweets new Twitter resident Warren Buffet has sent to date. (@WarrenBuffet)


The weight, in tons, of the monstrosity that created this amazing video, “A Boy and his Atom.” Watch it:

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