Mark Zinder

Mark Zinder

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Talking Points: March 29, 2021

Today, there are more real estate agents in the U.S. than homes for sale. The National Association of Realtors had 1.45 million members in January, while there were currently 1.04 million homes for sale. The Wall Street Journal, March 21, 2021

According to the NCAA, if you were to simply guess, the odds of filling out a perfect bracket are 1-in-9,223,372,036,854,775,808 (9.2 quintillion). If you know a little something about basketball, your odds improve to 1-in-120.2 billion. NCAA, March 17, 2021

Target’s sales growth of $15.5 billion in 2020 was larger than its total sales growth of the past 11 years combined. CNN Business, March 2, 2021

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!’ Robin Williams

In 2019, Google’s quantum computer Sycamore reached a milestone. In 200 seconds, the machine performed a mathematically designed calculation so complex that it would take the world’s fastest supercomputer, the IBM Summit, 10,000 years to do it. This makes Google’s quantum computer about 158 million times faster than the world’s fastest supercomputer. Medium, February 28, 2021

The U.S. total fertility rate, or the number of babies each woman is expected to have during her lifetime, reached a record low of 1.705 births per woman in 2019, the last year for which data is available. That year the number of babies born in the U.S. was 3.74 million, a 35-year low. Lockdowns and fear have kept young people from meeting and marrying in 2020 which may result in 300,000 to 500,000 fewer babies born in the United States this year. The Week, March 21, 2021

A popular chain of Sushi restaurants in Taiwan announced a limited-time offer where a customer whose name included “gui yu,” the Chinese character for salmon, could get an all-you-can-eat sushi meal with five friends. 150 people visited government offices to change their name to “salmon.” A medical student, who legally changed his name a third time to Salmon Dream, later discovered he had reached the maximum quota of name changes and would not be allowed to change his name again. Numlock News, March 22, 2021

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