Another day, another Numbers You Need to Know. Here's what you need to know for this Tuesday:


The number of unique words in The Roots' first 35,000 lyrics, according to Genius data compiled by Matt Daniels. This put the Philadelphia rap band in good company among several other ornate lyricists in rap, such as the Wu-Tang Clan, and well above the number of unique words used in the first 5,000 word of Shakespere's most notable plays.

We also have our mind on The Roots as one half of our editorial team is headed to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, where the band is in residency.


The number of buyouts Verizon offered to employees as the company looks to downsize. Only 10,400 accepted those buyouts, as it announced yesterday. Leading up to this announcement, hiring at the company dropped 37.9%.

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The number of miles that the Voyager 2 drone has already travelled. Originally launched in 1977, this space probe is the only one to have visited Uranus and Neptune, and is now bound for deep space exploration.

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