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# Prime Numbers
Supermacs, Nokia phones, and Dublin house prices: The week in numbers
Plus: How many students are taking part in the next BT Young Scientist competition?

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

€715,000: The amount that someone paid for one of the first Apple computers, which was sold at an auction in New York this week.

4,616: The number of secondary school students who have applied to take part in the BT Young Scientist competition in January.

2,963: The number of miles between Times Square in New York and the nearest Supermacs, according to giant billboards which went up in the city during the week.

2,400: The number of people executed in China last year - the highest number of any country.

200: The number of hours of community service handed down to 19-year-old Jordan Buckley from Crumlin in Dublin who jumped over the main barrier at Leinster House with a sword.

37: The number of years that 6-year-old Mary Boyle has been missing for, in what is Ireland’s longest-running missing person case. A man was arrested in connection with the case this week.

35: The percentage increase in apartment prices in Dublin in the last two months. Sigh.

27: The number of years that Nokia mobile phones existed for. Microsoft confirmed this week that it is to begin phasing out the well-known brand.

7.3: The percentage that Tesco’s profits have fallen in Ireland in the last three months  - the biggest drop of any country the supermarket operates in.

5: The number of players from Kerry who made the 2014 Allstar football team this year. Four came from Donegal while Dublin and Mayo had three each.

4: The number of former employees of Blackwater security firm who were found guilty of the killing of more than 14 Iraqis in Baghdad in 2007.

3: The number of TDs suspended from the Dáil in under 45 minutes on Wednesday morning amid a massive row about speaking time.

0.51: The percentage of members of the Defence Forces selected for random drug testing who failed the test.

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

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