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Westboro Baptist Church, Jean McConville, and GPs: The week in numbers

Plus: How many smells can the human nose distinguish?

Fred Phelps
Fred Phelps
Image: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File

EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.

1 trillion – The number of smells the human nose can distinguish, millions more than previously estimated.

€47 billion – The amount by which a report by Merrill Lynch underestimated the cost of the banking bailout to the Irish taxpayer in 2008. Oops.

€87 million – The amount of money a failed Bitcoin exchange found in an old “digital wallet” this week, after filing for bankruptcy protection last month.

<1,000 – The number of GPs who qualified in Ireland in the last five years who are now working for the NHS. The Irish Medical Organisation isn’t too happy.

940 – The number of people who sought asylum in Ireland last year, the first time in seven years that figures have stayed the same rather than declining.

€9,400 – The average value of Irish farm land per acre last year – a drop of €500 on the previous year.

88 – The number of aircrafts which have gone missing without a trace since 1948, including the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

84 – The age of Fred Phelps, the founder of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church in the US, who died this week.

42 – The number of years it has been since Jean McConville was abducted and killed from her Belfast home. A 77-year-old man was arrested this week in connection with her disappearance.

42 – The percentage of people who check their phone within an hour of waking up, according to a survey out this week. Surprised it’s not more, frankly.

31 – The percentage of Facebook users who play a game like Candy Crush saga each month – working out at around 375 million people – according to new figures from the social network behemoth.

2 – The number of TheJournal.ie staff who somehow managed to stand an egg on its end on the day of the vernal equinox this week. The rest of us obviously just got dud eggs. Yes. That’s what happened.

Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces >

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