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April 9, 2014

Poor Mickey Rooney: Despite his massive fame, he died nearly broke

  • $18k the size of iconic actor Mickey Rooney’s estate upon his death over the weekend. Rooney, who won an Honorary Academy Award “in recognition of his 50 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances” three decades ago, had fallen on somewhat hard times, with one of his final film roles being a 2012 documentary that exposed how he had been manipulated by his own stepson. Rooney, who will star in the upcoming “Night at the Museum 3” according to that film’s director, left his full estate to another stepson who took care of him during his twilight years. source
12:42 // 4 months ago
April 6, 2014

Spring break got pretty crazy this year

  • 100+ the number of people arrested at a Spring Break street party near the University of California, Santa Barbara, a party where 44 people were hospitalized and police broke up the event with some chemicals and foam spray. Fun. source
16:58 // 4 months ago
April 3, 2014

This drug cures most cases of hepatitis C, but there’s a problem

  • 90% the percentage of cases of hepatitis C that can be cured by the drug Sovaldi within a three-month period
  • $1,000 the cost, per day, of said drug, which has far fewer side effects and is less invasive than cheaper alternatives; the high price has led to strong criticism of the drug’s maker, Gilead Sciences
  • $227B the cost, according to one healthcare company, of the drug if everyone who had hepatitis C in the U.S. used it; that’s roughly three million people
  • $260B the amount spent on ALL DRUGS made in the U.S. during the entire year source
19:26 // 4 months ago
April 2, 2014

Roundup: Numbers on today’s Fort Hood shooting (yes, another one; sigh :( )

  • three the number of shootings that have taken place on U.S. military bases in the past six months alone; today’s shooting is still a fluid situation, with reports of at least one four killed and 14 11 injured
  • five the number of years since a similar shooting took place at Fort Hood in Texas, in which Army Maj. Nidal Hasan killed 13 and injured 32 source
20:27 // 4 months ago
April 1, 2014

Death toll in Syria hits new mark

  • 150,000 dead in newly updated Syria death toll, by the Syria Observatory of Human Rights. Fighting still continues across the Syria nation under a three year civil war. Recent clashes have been taking place in the Latakia province off the Mediterranean coast and in the Armenian town Kessab off the Turkish border. source
10:42 // 4 months ago
March 28, 2014

Teenager does the responsible thing, Athens, Ga. edition

  • $31k the amount a Georgia teen had deposited into his account a couple of weeks ago. It was actually someone else’s money; it was deposited into his account in error.
  • $25k the amount that said Georgia teen managed to either spend or withdraw from his account in the 11 days before the oversight was caught. (He thought it was inheritance from a dead grandmother, or at least that’s what he said.) The bank wants the money back, and is threatening criminal charges. We say the bank has to pay—since it was their screw-up—and the teen gets to keep the money. source
9:18 // 5 months ago
March 22, 2014

The U.S. doesn’t like hummus as much as everyone else. Why is that?

  • 26% the percentage of Americans that regularly buy hummus. Another 80 million americans don’t even know what the hell hummus is. Hummus, one of the world’s most popular foods, has failed to successfully crack the American market the way that, say, Ranch dressing has, but that’s not for lack of trying. The hummus-producing giant Sabra, owned by Pepsico, is going out of its way to sell Middle America on the idea that ground chickpeas are awesome. source
16:37 // 5 months ago

Russia’s financial systems not looking so hot at the moment. Wonder why?

  • 21% the decline in Russia’s stock market thus far this year, a market which will be facing even more pressure due to fresh sanctions on the country. Oh yeah, good luck trying to use your Visa or Mastercard, Russian bank customers. source
12:08 // 5 months ago
March 20, 2014

General avoids prison time and loss of benefits with plea deal

  • Zero The number of hours that Brigadier General Jeffrey A. Sinclair will spend behind bars, thanks to a plea deal that saw the alleged rapist accept responsibility for military crimes that would not be considered criminal in a civilian court. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop both of the sexual assault charges against Sinclair, clearing the way for a sentence that includes little real punishment other than the revocation of four months’ pay. Because justice, or something. More details here.
15:13 // 5 months ago
March 19, 2014

Toyota agrees to pay more than $1 billion in new settlement

  • $1.2B in fines will be paid by Toyota as part of a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department; a settlement that also requires the company to admit it misled consumers about a safety issue that caused some cars to speed up instead of applying the brakes. The fine is the largest ever levied against an automobile manufacturer in the United States, and could serve as a blueprint for a similar settlement in the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation of General Motors. source
14:12 // 5 months ago