By The Numbers

Bacon is officially bad for you

Marketplace Staff Oct 26, 2015
42 percent

That’s the percentage of people who said they feel stuck in their current financial situation, according to the first Marketplace-Edison Research Poll. By most measures, the American economy is improving. The unemployment rate has fallen, as have initial jobless claims. But wages seem to be stuck, and the economic recovery doesn’t feel like one to many Americans. 

800

That’s how many studies were included in an examination by the World Health Organization. What were they looking for? The effect of processed meat. And the outcome was not good. WHO now places this food category — including ham, hot dogs and bacon — in the same category as cigarettes in terms of its likely correlation to certain types of cancer. As the Wall Street Journal writes, some of the studies found a 17 percent increase in the risk of colorectal cancer for every 100 grams of red meat consumed.

$40

That’s how little some airlines are charging for domestic one-way tickets from Chicago. And if they want to compete, major airlines like American Airlines will have to get on board. That’s why the company has announced that in 2016, it will implement a new pricing structure for no-frills flights for cheap.

20 minutes

That’s how long Mark Zuckerberg spoke at Tsinghua University in Beijing. What’s so impressive, you ask? He gave the speech entirely in Mandarin. As Tech Crunch writes, it’s a significant improvement over last October, when the Facebook CEO’s Mandarin at a Q&A session was likened to a 7-year-old’s.

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