Numbers: Dec. 20, 1999

698 Percentage rise in the first-day stock price of VA Linux Systems, a computer-server company

112 Number of 1999 IPOs that at least doubled in price their first day on the market

25 to 1 Odds fixed on a John McCain presidency by British bookmaker Ladbrokes last June

6 to 1 Current Ladbrokes odds of a McCain presidency

5 Minutes it took Michigan's Chris Young to foul out of a basketball game against Georgia Tech

0 Number of times Wilt Chamberlain fouled out in his 1,045 game pro career

775 Number of dormant Swiss bank accounts, according to a 1995 Swiss...

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