From Pandas To Health Care: The 13 Numbers Of 2013
by NPR Staff
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0: Twitter collected no profit, Snapchat collected no revenue, and Apple's stock has roughly stayed flat over the past year. But in Silicon Valley, where companies are judged by potential, zero is still something.
1,134: When a garment factory building collapsed in Bangladesh in April, killing 1,134 people, the world suddenly started watching the industry there more closely.
1.6 million: The federal government pays farmers to keep land covered with native grass and trees, but this year, it removed that protection from 1.6 million acres of land. The reason? High grain prices.
34: An unusually high number of wildland firefighters died in the line of duty this year. With a lot of undeveloped wildland in the West, some are asking whether people should be living in these forests at all.
38: The percentage of Americans who live in states that allow same-sex marriage is growing. "There seemed to be sort of a joke as I traveled around the country, saying if you blink, you're going to miss a state that becomes the next state to recognize marriage for same-sex couples."
365: The Minnesota Orchestra hasn't performed in its concert hall at all this year. It's become a poster child for labor strife in classical music, and to some, emblematic of problems facing nonprofit arts institutions across the country.