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Lego in space

Marketplace Staff Sep 2, 2015
20 plastic figures

That’s how many Lego statuettes were up into space with Denmark’s first astronaut Wednesday. As Reuters writes, the company also reported strong earnings — it enjoyed an 18 percent rise in first-half sales. 

$12

That’s how much you’ll have to pay for Hulu’s newly announced commercial-free subscription. The move puts the streaming service in line with competitors like Netflix, Amazon and HBO Go. The move is partly in response to social media outrage over commercials during popular series carried on the site, like “Seinfeld,” the New York Times reports.

70th anniversary

World War II officially ended on Sept. 2, 1945. Central to the war effort at home was the war bond. The U.S. sold more than $150 billion worth of them to help fund the war, fight inflation and give those who stayed home a way to contribute. We spoke with Ken McGee, who remembers selling war bonds as a child.

$4.6 billion

That’s how much the collegiate merchandise market takes in on an annual basis. That’s way up from $2.9 billion it took in 10 years ago. It’s why in addition to promoting school spirit, universities … are pretty litigious.

 

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