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Prime Numbers

Instagram, Gangnam and partridges in pear trees: The week in numbers

How long does a Presidential website last? And how much does it pay to Assemble the Avengers?

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

159 – The number of days it took PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ to go from 0 views on YouTube to one billion – making it easily the most-watched video on the site’s history. By comparison, the second most popular video – Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ – 1,036 days to get to a mere 813 million.

3 – The number of days between photography network Instagram announcing new terms of service – which led some users to fear that their photos could be reproduced and sold without compensation – and those changes being abandoned.

37,926 – The number of daily copies of the broadsheet version of the Irish Independent sold every day in the first half of 2012. The broadsheet version of the daily has been binned, as of yesterday, with only the compact edition being sold from tomorrow onward.

209 - The number of days between the relaunch of, the website of Áras an Úachtaráin, last May and a call for interested parties to submit their bids for redesigning it again.

€1.133 billion - The total amount grossed by Avengers Assemble at the box office worldwide this year – making it the highest-grossing film of 2012.

76 per cent – The proportion of respondents to a survey who admitted they would be doing some of their Christmas shopping online while at work. Naughty naughty…

226 – The number of prisoners who will be granted temporary release for Christmas Day, according to Alan Shatter. You might have heard of one of them.

10 million – The number of visitors to the Louvre in 2012, over ten times as many people as visited all of Ireland’s museums in 2011.

18 per cent – The increase that An Post wants to put on the cost of sending a standard letter within Ireland. It’s asked ComReg for permission to raise the price from 55c to 65c.

0 – The number of apocalypses that occurred yesterday.

€12.20 - The hourly wage below which earners in Ireland are considered to be under the ‘low earner’ threshold. In Ireland, 20.7 per cent of people are under that barometer – the third-highest of any eurozone member state.

5,000 to 1 – The estimated odds of getting the same draw exactly twice in the Round of 16 in the Champions League. But that’s what happened when the real draw, held on Thursday morning, turned up exactly the same combination of teams as the dummy draw held the previous day.

2.03 – The average number of children borne by each woman in Ireland, according to the ESRI this week. That’s more than any other EU member state.

23 – The total number of birds that my true love will have given to me by the end of the 12 days of Christmas. But seriously, I don’t have room for seven swans a-swimming, nor six geese a-laying, nor four colly birds, three French Hens or two turtle doves. I can barely keep the Partridge in the pear tree. Any takers?

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