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Number Crunch

Standardized testing is back, but this time it’s for Covid-19


No Mercy No Malice

When society becomes so enamored with individual success, it forgets, and even attacks, the very institutions that enable it

An illustration of a vintage-style plane with propellers flying through the clouds, with large coronavirus cells being “dropped” from the plane.
An illustration of a vintage-style plane with propellers flying through the clouds, with large coronavirus cells being “dropped” from the plane.
Illustrations: Scott Galloway

American individualism and institutions


Number Crunch

Consumers really, really, really want a vacation

38%: Share of Americans who say they would give up sex for a year to travel Source: CNBC
38%: Share of Americans who say they would give up sex for a year to travel Source: CNBC


Number Crunch

When it comes to paying low-wage laborers, fast fashion is taking it slow

Number Crunch logo next to the text “$22 Billion: Amount that clothing brands owe their supplier factories. Source: Workers Rights Consortium” and above silhouette illustrations of workers at sewing stations.
Number Crunch logo next to the text “$22 Billion: Amount that clothing brands owe their supplier factories. Source: Workers Rights Consortium” and above silhouette illustrations of workers at sewing stations.


The vaccines are coming — and everyone’s rushing to get lip injections

Illustration: Rob Dobi


In a dark moment, some predict a new economic and cultural boom. Here’s the reality

Vintage flapper girl photoshopped wearing a blue face mask, holding a cell phone with a money bill stack going up and down.
Vintage flapper girl photoshopped wearing a blue face mask, holding a cell phone with a money bill stack going up and down.
Photo illustration, sources: Vintage Images; Jasmin Merdan/Moment; Issarawat Tattong/Moment (via Getty)


No Mercy No Malice

24 hours after a failed coup, the lead story on Twitter is Elon Musk becoming the wealthiest man in the world

An illustration of one of the violent rioters sitting in the Senate chamber well chair from Jan. 6’s attempted coup.
An illustration of one of the violent rioters sitting in the Senate chamber well chair from Jan. 6’s attempted coup.
Illustrations: Scott Galloway


Number of the Day

You can be a billionaire too, if you leave your $600 stimulus in the stock market for a couple of centuries

“56 — The number of people who reached billionaire status during the pandemic” text w/ generic stock market graph background
“56 — The number of people who reached billionaire status during the pandemic” text w/ generic stock market graph background
Photo: Yuichiro Chino/Moment/Getty


Number of the Day

Thieves don’t need to break windows or hot-wire cars if they can just hop in and drive away

Text “13%: The reported increase in car thefts in the second half of 2020 Source: New York Times” against car background
Text “13%: The reported increase in car thefts in the second half of 2020 Source: New York Times” against car background
Photo illustration, source: dx Stub/Unsplash


Number of the Day

To the grifters go the spoils

Marker # of the Day text “$4.2 billion ” placed on a backdrop of rolls  of US dollars.
Marker # of the Day text “$4.2 billion ” placed on a backdrop of rolls  of US dollars.
Photo illustration, source: Yulia Reznikov/Moment/Getty Images

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