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John Grisham, college fees, and Facebook: The week in numbers

Plus: How much has Mark Zuckerberg donated to the fight against Ebola?
Oct 18th 2014, 7:30 PM 8,862 2

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

€19,700,000: The amount that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are donating to the global fight against Ebola.

10,000: The number of people a week who could be infected with Ebola if the infection rate continues, the World Health Organisation has warned.

€3,000: The amount of money that students now have to pay in third-level fees each year. The registration fee has steadily increased over the past decade.

93: The number of minutes which has passed in the Germany versus Ireland football match on Tuesday when John O’Shea scored a crucial equaliser.

76: The height in inches of Blossom, a cow in America awarded the Guinness World Record for being the tallest cow on the planet this week.

68: The number of days that humans would survive on Mars (assuming they made the trip in the first place), according to researchers at MIT.

59: The age of American author John Grisham, who this week said that prison sentences for people who look at child abuse images online are too harsh.

14: The number of people who have been tested for Ebola so far in Ireland. All tests have come back negative.

€8.12: The amount of money on a €10 packet of cigarettes which goes towards tax.

4: The number of new High Court judges nominated this week to fill the vacancies that have arisen.

3: The number of Irish citizens killed in conflicts in the Middle East in the last four years, according to new figures from the Department of Justice.

0: The number of Facebook ‘likes’ that Fine Gael bought. The party is adamant that it has not paid for likes following some unusual activity on its Facebook page.

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