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Vincent Laforet/AFP via Getty Images (Michael Jordan); Sotheby’s (sneakers)

$2.2 million

PRICE fetched at auction for a pair of autographed shoes worn by basketball legend Michael Jordan. That’s a new record for the most expensive shoes ever sold.

Source: BBC

38.9 years

MEDIAN AGE in the United States in 2022, according to new data. The U.S. population is now older than it’s ever been. In 1980, the median age of Americans was 30.

Source: The New York Times

200 million

NUMBER of suspected fake reviews Amazon blocked from its site in 2022. The Federal Trade Commission recently proposed new rules that would make it illegal for companies to buy positive reviews or suppress negative ones.

Sources: Amazon, NPR