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The numbers for May 23, 2013: Happy birthday, Bob!

Katie Long May 23, 2013

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$18.5 trillion

The amount of money being sheltered by individuals in tax havens around the world, according to anti-poverty group Oxfam. Oxfam says it could end poverty on earth…twice over. (The Guardian)

23,000

How many less people signed up for unemployment benefits last week versus the week before. It’s a volatile statistic, but one to keep an eye on. (USA Today)

79

The age of Robert Moog, who invented the analogue Moog synthesizer. It gained notoriety at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival and has been used by keyboard lovers like Stevie Wonder ever since. Happy Birthday Bob!

$240,000

The monthly mobile phone bill for a couple from Swansea, Wales. The phone was quietly connecting to the Internet every 20 minutes for three weeks. The husband says he did notice his phone was running a bit warm. (BBC)

480

The number of drone strikes carried out by the CIA and Department of Defense, as released by Bloomberg.

19%

The percent of community college students who go on to receive a four-year degree. Meanwhile, 69 percent of four-year college students earn a degree. (Century Foundation)

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