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How Much Money Was Actually Stolen in Hollywood's Biggest Heist Films?

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The stakes are high in any good heist film, but just how high? Some movie heists involve millions of dollars—but others involve billions. The van insurance experts at Gocompare.com crunched some numbers to figure out how Hollywood's biggest heist movies stack up, comparing the hauls from heists in movies like Die Hard, The Italian Job, Goldfinger, Now You See Me, and even The Pink Panther.

Die Hard—both the first and third installments in the series—sits high on the list of most expensive movie heists. Die Hard With a Vengeance, the third installment, was a battle over $140 billion; in the original, the bad guys were trying to get away with $640 million. Compare that to Heat’s $1 million.

The movies, dating back to 1956, are ranked numerically based on the value of their stolen goods. The infographic also notes the primary motive for the crime, the getaway vehicle, and whether or not the perpetrators were successful. (Spoiler alert: only 41 percent were.)

There are a few reasons why the numbers may not be perfect, though. Some of the values come from the films themselves, but where that wasn’t possible, the creators calculated the estimated value of the items stolen instead. They didn't adjust for inflation, either, which could be relevant in the case of some older films. CBC News has previously calculated the value of the gold in Goldfinger to be much lower than is tabulated here—at $86.4 million based on the price of gold today, but more like $12.5 million when you consider the value of gold in 1964. But then again, what thief wouldn’t exaggerate their haul?

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Mapped: The 10 Airports Where You’re Most Likely to Get Stuck Over Thanksgiving
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Every year, some unlucky Americans end up stranded at U.S. airports trying to get home for Thanksgiving. But your risk of getting stuck at the airport for hours on end varies depending on where you’re flying. Using five years of data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Elite Fixtures collected statistics on the worst airports to travel through around the Thanksgiving holiday, a time when airports are traditionally at their busiest.

The results show that delays aren't necessarily tied to the airports where the weather tends to be worst or those that see the most passengers. What airline you are flying, whether you’re on a regional flight, and the route you’re traveling can all affect your likelihood of getting stuck, and so the percentage of short-haul flights or the number of, say, Delta flights out of a certain airport might affect its overall score negatively. Still, you might want to avoid airports like Chicago’s Midway or the Oakland airport. Good luck with Houston or Dallas, too.

Below, the 10 worst:

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How Your Job Can Predict Whether Or Not You’ll Get Divorced
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These days, divorce is actually on the wane—2016 marked a nearly 40-year low in U.S. divorces—but whether or not you and your beloved spouse eventually part ways isn’t entirely up to fate. While individual relationships are all unique, statistically, there are demographic and other factors that influence whether or not a couple will divorce, from no-brainers like whether or not you’re willing to share chores equitably to more subtle factors like whether one partner smokes.

Your job matters too, as statistician Nathan Yau found in his analysis of 2015 data from the Census Bureau’s 5-year American Community Survey. As Business Insider and Entrepreneur report, the data shows that there can be vastly different divorce statistics when you’re talking about the marriages of bartenders and those of physical therapists, for instance.

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That doesn’t mean that going to work in a physical therapy office somehow better equips you for marriage than tending bar. Higher incomes and education levels, both intimately tied to your job, are also correlated with lower divorce rates. Sure, maybe the fact that flight attendants have to be away from their families for their job plays into their high divorce rates, but perhaps the type of person who wants to be a flight attendant might also be less inclined to settle down compared to people who dream of being an actuary.

Where does your job fall? Here are 10 fields with the lowest divorce rates surveyed:

1. Actuaries: 17 percent
2. Physical scientists: 18.9 percent
3. Medical and life scientists: 19.6 percent
4. Clergy: 19.8 percent
5. Software developers, applications and systems software: 20.3 percent
6. Physical therapists: 20.7 percent
7. Optometrists: 20.8 percent
8. Chemical engineers: 21.1 percent
9. Directors of religious activities and education: 21.3 percent
10. Physicians and surgeons: 21.8 percent

And here are the 10 highest-divorcing industries:

1. Gaming managers: 52.9 percent
2. Bartenders: 52.7 percent
3. Flight attendants: 50.5 percent
4. Gaming services workers: 50.3 percent
5. Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic: 50.1 percent
6. Switchboard operators: 49.7 percent
7. Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic: 49.6 percent
8. Telemarketers: 49.2 percent
9. Textile knitting and weaving machine operators: 48.9 percent
10. Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders: 48.8 percent

Explore the data further on Flowing Data.

[h/t Business Insider]

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