By The Numbers

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

Marketplace Staff May 9, 2013

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)

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