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The number of U.S. House seats Democrats gained in the midterm elections, following the Dec. 6 concession of Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., in a tight race in the state’s 21st District.


The approximate number of children below the age of 5 who have died from starvation or disease in the Yemeni civil war, according to Save the Children.


The number of Pearl Harbor survivors from the USS Arizona in attendance at a Dec. 7 commemoration in Honolulu, the first time that no survivor from the ship was well enough to attend.


The amount New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson spent this Christmas season paying off more than 400 layaway orders for strangers at a local Walmart.


The number of Christians in Iran that authorities there arrested in a single week in early December, according to World Watch Monitor. Most detainees were released within hours, but each had his cell phone confiscated.

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$32 million

The hammer price at a Nov. 14 Sotheby’s auction for a drop-shaped pearl pendant that once belonged to French Queen Marie Antoinette.


The average cost of obtaining a permit to operate a food truck in Austin, Texas.


Federal revenues collected in October, a tax-collection record for that month. The government still ran a $100 billion deficit.


The average age of an American man getting married for the first time in 2018. For American women, the average age is 27.8 years.

8 hours

The amount of time a 4-year-old girl spent locked inside an impounded minivan in freezing temperatures overnight in Milwaukee, Wis., before police discovered her.


The number of reports of contaminated strawberries in Australian grocery stores after a vindictive farm employee allegedly spiked produce with needles.

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The number of accounts Twitter deleted in September and October after the company discovered they were spreading automated messages discouraging voting.


The age of a man in the Netherlands who is asking a court to change his legal age to 49. Emile Ratelband says he feels 20 years younger and claims his age impacts his ability to find work and find dates on Tinder.

40 million

The average estimate of military and civilian casualties in World War I. Nov. 11 marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the war.


The share of Americans who claim they specifically eat the narrow, white end of candy corn first, according to a National Confectioners Association survey.


The number of seasonal workers expects to hire this year. The total is 20,000 less than last year, according to Citi analyst Mark May, who cites automation for the decrease.

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