Thursday Numbers

Welcome to another edition of Thursday Numbers here at The Western Word!  Congratulations are in order because you’ve almost made it to another weekend.

For the new folks dropping by for the first time, Thursday Numbers is where I take a look at the numbers behind the news and provide some “Western Word” commentary with them.  This information can be used to amaze your friends, family, and co-workers.  People have been known to be cooler to their friends, family, and co-workers after reading (and using) this information.

This week I take a look at the numbers dealing with the Iraq War, unemployment, Christmas cards, winning, distracted driving, network contracts, followers, ages, debates, playing with the band, and a lot more.  800,000,000,000

The Iraq war cost the USA about $800 billion.

My deepest thanks and a salute goes to those who served in Iraq.  Another salute and thank you goes to the families of those who served.  God bless each of you…

1,500,000,000

According to Hallmark, “Christmas is the largest card-sending holiday in the United States with approximately 1.5 billion cards sent annually.”

I don’t think as many actual “Christmas Cards” are sent these days.

950,000

According to “Mr lewis Campbell promotion officer” via an e-mail I received, “Your Email ID Has been Awarded 950,000.00 great british pounds by the HP corporation in our end of year promo.”

Lucky me – I seem to win something almost every day.  Lewis could use a little work on his writing skills. 

366,000

That’s the number of people who filed new unemployment claims last week.

Although this is good news, I think the first-time claims will go back up in January.

4,500

The war in Iraq cost the United States of America almost 4,500 lives.

Wars are always costly.  Sons, daughters, husbands, wives, moms and dads were all lost. Sadness.  

3,092

According to this article, “Distracted driving, some of it due to cellphone use, contributed to an estimated 3,092 deaths in highway crashes last year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”

Of course cell phone use contributes, but so does eating, drinking, yelling at the kids, playing with your GPS, etc., while driving.   How’s that ban on driving drunk working out?

2022

CBS, Fox and NBC renewed their contracts with the NFL for nine years through the 2022 season.  ESPN has Monday Night Football locked up until 2021.

Thankfully the NFL has not gone to pay-per-view…but much of America does not subscribe to the NFL Network where there are several games being aired.  The NFL and cable companies should work together to get the NFL Network on expanded basic cable…

498

The Western Word has 498 followers on Twitter.

These followers are very special people. They have a lot of fun following me – you should follow me, too!

68

Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House and current Presidential candidate, is 68 years old.

45

Callista Gingrich, the wife of former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, is 45 years old.

35

That’s how many college football bowl games there will be this season – starting on Saturday, December 17.

Are you ready? Time to change the batteries in the remote…

26

The Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center has a cat with 26 toes.

If I had 26 toes, it would really help me with math…

13

Tonight is another GOP Presidential debate. This is about the 13th debate that has been held.  Apparently, there are about 10 left….

Yawn…

10

According to this story, on this date in 1791, “the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, took effect following ratification by Virginia.”

9

The Iraq war lasted almost nine years.

7

The Carroll College Saints football team is playing for their 7th NAIA National Championship on Saturday in Rome, Georgia.

Go Saints Go!!!

2

GOP Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman played two songs with the greatest rock band ever, REO Speedwagon, at the Utah State Fair on September 16, 2005.

That makes him a lot cooler than the other GOP candidates…and with that performance he may win this thing!