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The numbers for July 24, 2013: Numbers worth their weight

Ethan Lindsey Jul 24, 2013

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$180,960.54

That’s the average cost for four years of tuition at one of the 11 top colleges in the country, according to Forbes. That amount of money would also buy you 16 Tiffany diamond engagement rings, or 1,818 kegs of Miller High Life beer (though, for many college students the beer of choice is Natural Ice). (Forbes)

1.5 million

The number of Twitter users that received retweets from the Twitter in-house account @Twitterads of actual Twitter users saying made up things. “The users featured raving about TV commercials never said anything of the kind, and were unaware their profile pics and accounts were being presented”. (SFGate.com)

20

The number of times the phrase “middle class” appeared in the prepared remarks for President Obama’s speech about the economy in Galesburg, Ill., today. (Marketplace’s Wealth & Poverty desk live tweet of speech.)

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