Thursday Numbers

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If you are new to TWW, this column, called “Thursday Numbers,” is where I take a look at the numbers in the news and provide some commentary with them.  NOTE:  The information obtained here can be used to amaze people.  You just might overwhelm your friends, family, and co-workers with the knowledge you obtained from reading this column!  You may even be cooler to your children…

Today I take a look at General Motors, marriage, Baucus and fundraising, unemployment, Maxine Waters, heart attacks, wolves, dinners, piggyback rides, and much much more!  Enjoy!

7, 600,000,000

General Motors (GM) earned $7.6 billion in profits in 2011 – a new record.

Since we bailed out GM; do we get a new car?

4,800,000

According to an Associated Press story, “Interracial marriages in the U.S. have climbed to 4.8 million – a record 1 in 12.”

500,000

According to an article in Roll Call, Sen. Max Baucus has raised over $500,000 for Sen. Jon Tester’s reelection campaign.

Baucus wants to stay Chairman of the insignificant Finance Committee and that can only happen if the Democrats retain the majority in the U.S. Senate.  He’s also keeping score so he can get help if he decides to run in 2014.

348,000

That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week.  That is down 13,000 from last week.

Hopefully that trend will continue.

17,496

That’s how many views on YouTube the video of Maxine Waters has received where she calls Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor “demons.”  Watch it HERE.

I don’t know about Boehner and Cantor being “demons” but calling them “poor leaders” would have been correct.

6,000

That’s how many calories a “Triple Bypass Burger” has.  The burger is served at a restaurant called The Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas.

A man was eating it and suffered a heart attack.  Shocking…

1968

According to the Associated Press, today in 1968, “the nation’s first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Ala.”

I wonder if they used two tin cans and some string…

166

That’s how many wolves were killed this hunting season in Montana.

I bet the three little pigs are very happy…along with some cattle and sheep…

136

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin scored 136 points in his first five starts the most by any player (yes, any player) since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976.

34

Next month (March 10) the Montana Democrats will hold their 34th annual Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner at the Lewis and Clark Fairgrounds in Helena.  Democratic strategist and CNN commentator Paul Begala is the speaker.

Republicans hold several Lincoln-Reagan Dinners across the state from February to May.  There’s no truth to the rumor they use the same prime rib at each dinner…

5

That’s how many states have banned the “Piggyback Bandit.”

He weighs 240 pounds…

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