Bitter Factoids 11

French scientist Claude Bernard once said, “A fact in itself is nothing. It is valuable only for the idea attached to it, or for the proof which it furnishes.” Tell us what truth these facts furnish.

4,084

Number of applicants who took the February 2009 California bar exam, according to the State Bar of California. 

33.5

Overall pass rate percentage (1,368 people) for California’s February 2009 bar exam—47% of first-time takers passed, 26% of repeat takers passed—the lowest since 2002.

3,560

Number of applicants who took the February 2009 New York bar exam, according to the New York State Board of Law Examiners

41.7

Overall pass rate percentage for New York’s February 2009 bar exam, split evenly between first-time and multiple-time test takers.

2

Number of California February 2009 bar exam takers featured in the Bitter Lawyer Hear/Say episode “JDs v. California Bar” who passed (out of 13).

4

Number of California February 2009 bar exam takers who were interviewed by Hear/Say that the production crew predicted would pass exclusively based off a “vibe.”

54.3

Overall pass rate percentage for Massachusetts’ (AKA “Passachusetts”) February 2009 bar exam—rumored to be one of the easiest in the country—according to the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners.

2,983

Number of times Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Wikipedia page was viewed in April 2009.

565,136

Number of times Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Wikipedia page has been viewed thus far in May, as of today.

201

Number of editors listed as having made changes to Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Wikipedia page the day of her nomination.

14

Edits made by two editors (“Treybien” and “Astroboyretro”) to Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Wikipedia page on the day of her nomination.

97.8

Percentage of names that have a lower vowel make-up than “Sonia Sotomayor,” which is 50% vowels, according to IsThisYourName.com. 

136

Number of pages of the majority opinion written by the California Supreme Court overruling Prop 8, according to NRO.

33

Number of times the word “gay” appeared in the California Supreme Court’s ruling on Prop 8.

1

Number of times the word “moral” appeared in the California Supreme Court’s ruling on Prop 8.

362

Number of members for the Facebook group “Roland Burris, Resign.”

7

Number of members for the Facebook group “I LOVE ROLAND BURRIS—BEST POLITICIAN EVER!!!”

45

Number of members for the Facebook group “Shoot Roland Burris from a canon into space.”

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10 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    May 29, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Who edits wikipedia pages? losers.

  2. Anonymous

    May 29, 2009 at 6:44 am

    0—Number of recent Supreme Court Justices with a 4 syllable last name.  (So-To-My-Err)

  3. BL1Y

    May 29, 2009 at 7:03 am

    7 – Number of current Supreme Court justices who Sotomayor thinks she can make better decisions than.

  4. Douge

    May 29, 2009 at 9:46 am

    1 – wonder if 2009 was lower than other years for the bar exam? seems like a low number compared to what you would think.

  5. Wilbur Moore

    May 29, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Gawd, this is dull stuff.

  6. LDude

    May 29, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Thankfully I passed the Bar the first time!!

  7. anonymous

    May 29, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    i disagree with wilbur moore.  like the stats, the facts, etc..

  8. Damon

    May 29, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I feel for people that studied hard and didn’t pass.

  9. Buns McGee

    May 29, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Who picks the handle Wilbur?

  10. BL1Y

    May 29, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    I feel for people who studied hard and passed by way more than they needed.

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