News By The Numbers
52. That’s how many helium balloons magician David Blane held as he successfully lifted 20,000 feet above the desert. At that altitude he had 60% oxygen to breathe. He let go of the balloons and parachuted back to Earth. Those balloons have now been ingested by sea turtles somewhere in the Pacific. Seriously, I don’t know where they went.
5 million. That is how many shares of TCL Technology Group were accidentally sold by a trader due to what is called a “fat finger” trade. The chairman of the Chinese company donated the amount of the sale back to the company to fix it. A fat finger trade is when someone hits the wrong button and accidentally costs a company millions. You don’t actually have to have fat fingers for this to happen.
4. That’s the number of midwestern states that are seeing a big spike in coronavirus cases. South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, and Kansas. South Dakota is the worst with a 192% increase in cases. It’s hard to be sure what’s behind this spike in cases. South Dakota still doesn’t have a mask mandate, and Gov. Kristi Noem has said she won’t issue one, nor will she impose a stay-at-home order.
20%. That is how much ratings are down for the National Basketball Association. Game 5 between the Lakers and the Trail Blazers had 2.92 million viewers, compared to last year’s 3.49 million for a series at the same time. It is not clear if this is related to the player-led boycott because ratings were already down this year for, well, so many reasons. You know. You’re living during a pandemic.