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We’re just over a quarter of the way into the 2016 MLB season, and the statistics have begun to settle down. Mike Trout leads all hitters in wins above replacement, and Clayton Kershaw dominates nearly every conceivable pitching metric by a healthy...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Rob Arthur | Thursday, May 26, 2016
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The strangest final acts of all-time great careers usually involve career-tarnishing performances in bizarre uniforms. You know the type: Johnny Unitas as a Charger, Patrick Ewing with the Magic, Wade Boggs as a Devil Ray, etc. Last year, erstwhile Seattle...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Neil Paine | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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The number of Americans “greatly worried” about race relations hit an all-time low, 13 percent, the year after President Obama took office. Last month, Gallup recorded the opposite, an all-time high of 35 percent. As Obama prepares to leave office,...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Jody Avirgan | Thursday, May 26, 2016
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The Oklahoma City Thunder just keep shocking the basketball world. It wasn’t enough to knock the 67-win San Antonio Spurs out of the playoffs in six games; they’ve also been trouncing the Golden State Warriors like it was nothing special. After crushing...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Andrew Flowers | Thursday, May 26, 2016
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A week ago, New York Daily News columnist and Bernie Sanders supporter Shaun King tweeted the following about the Democratic caucuses in Washington, which took place in late March: Washington State has 7.2 million people. @BernieSanders won 71% of the...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Harry Enten | Thursday, May 26, 2016
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The pressure is so great, and the stakes so high, that one contestant fainted at the mere utterance of the word “alopecoid.” He fell headfirst to the unforgiving stage floor, only to stand up, unaided, as if nothing at all had happened and nothing...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Oliver Roeder | Thursday, May 26, 2016
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Welcome to Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. 10 percent The TSA has some serious issues going into the heavy summer travel months, with lines building and passengers getting steamed. One source of the problem:...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Walt Hickey | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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Welcome to Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. 9 bedrooms The Obama family will rent a nine-bedroom, 8,200-square-foot home in Washington, D.C., after the president leaves the White House and at least until...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Walt Hickey | Thursday, May 26, 2016
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Wikimedia / Getty Images / AP May 26, 2016 at 7:00 AM Tornado Town, USA Four devastating tornadoes hit Moore, Oklahoma, in 16 years. Was it geography or just bad luck? By Maggie Koerth-Baker Filed under Weather Print Twitter Facebook On the evening of...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Maggie Koerth-Baker | Thursday, May 26, 2016
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The Champions League features the very best club soccer teams in the world. The Premier League generally doesn’t: Saturday’s Champions League final, an all-Madrid affair between Real and Atlético, will be the fourth straight without a premiership...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Carl Bialik | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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As the National Park Service prepares to celebrates its centennial in August, the national parks have never been more popular. Total recreational visits to all NPS sites topped 300 million in 2015, an astounding 14 million increase from 2014. (In addition...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Andrew Flowers | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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FiveThirtyEight is hiring an editorial coordinator to help us run our office and operations efficiently. The job includes a lot of administrative duties: processing invoices, ordering equipment, preparing and checking expense reports, keeping track of...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: David Firestone | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (May 24, 2016), we talk about the surprising NBA conference finals and wonder if the conventional wisdom about the best NBA teams was wrong. Then,...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Chadwick Matlin | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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A lot has been made of Bernie Sanders’s appeal with independent voters during the Democratic presidential primary. He has won people who identify as independents in state after state, while Hillary Clinton has won people who identify as Democrats....
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Harry Enten | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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The questions kids ask about science aren’t always easy to answer. Sometimes, their little brains can lead to big places adults forget to explore. With that in mind, we’ve started a new series called Science Question From a Toddler, which will use...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Maggie Koerth-Baker | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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Thursday night, the record-setting Golden State Warriors avoided playoff elimination, taking Game 5 of the Western Conference finals from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Reigning MVP Steph Curry had 31 points on 9-of-20 shooting, but questions remain about...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Benjamin Morris | Friday, May 27, 2016
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There’s no new interview on this week’s What’s The Point, but never fear — there’s plenty for you to listen to and take part in. For one, I’m excited to showcase a recent episode of the “Song Exploder” podcast, from Hrishikesh Hirway...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Jody Avirgan | Friday, May 27, 2016
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Welcome to The Riddler. Every week, I offer up a problem related to the things we hold dear around here: math, logic and probability. These problems, puzzles and riddles come from lots of top-notch puzzle folks around the world — including you! You’ll...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Oliver Roeder | Friday, May 27, 2016
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Welcome to Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. 5-kilometer radius The search for the lost EgyptAir Flight 804 will be narrowed to a 5-kilometer radius after Airbus, the manufacturer of the downed plane, detected...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Walt Hickey | Friday, May 27, 2016
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This is In Real Terms, a column analyzing the week in economic news. Comments? Criticisms? Ideas for future columns? Email me or drop a note in the comments. The image of the 20-something still living in his parents’ basement has become a well-worn...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Ben Casselman | Friday, May 27, 2016
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