Here's one that I expect to be pretty easy

Every celebrity has been given a number that describes them in some way. Here are some of the most popular.

These are "correct" descriptions:

Tom Petty: 2
Jimmy Carter: 2
Adolf Hitler: 3
Charles Dance: 2
Bob Dylan: 2
Michael Jackson: 2

These are "incorrect" descriptors:

Donald Trump: 4
Steve Harvey: 3
Buddy Holly: 2
Betty White: 3
William McKinley: 2

What does the number describe about these celebrities?

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    $\begingroup$ Hitler... a... celebrity...? $\endgroup$ – Will Jul 1 '16 at 13:52
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    $\begingroup$ He is famous, after all :P $\endgroup$ – Moose Jul 1 '16 at 13:52
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    $\begingroup$ Hitler... a... ... ... celebrity??? $\endgroup$ – EKons Jul 1 '16 at 16:04

The number is their

Bacon number.

According to Wikipedia, this is based on the idea of six degrees of separation, which suggests that any 2 people are at most 6 acquaintances apart. The Bacon number states how 'far apart' the person is from the actor Kevin Bacon based on film roles.

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    $\begingroup$ Thought it would be solved quickly! I'll accept this as the answer when I can in 10 minutes. In the meantime, can you explain this for those who might not know? $\endgroup$ – Moose Jul 1 '16 at 13:53
  • $\begingroup$ Sure, will update in a moment. Incidentally I was tripped up when Google told me Hitler's Bacon number was 2, but luckily I caught the small text on the Wikipedia result which said it was 3. $\endgroup$ – yuzuki Jul 1 '16 at 13:56

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