Thursday Numbers

Welcome to Thursday! If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, “Thursday Numbers” is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm.

Please note that if you read this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Then again, when they find out you spend your time reading blogs they may not be that impressed…

This week I write about food stamps, 30-round magazines, airport travel, unemployment, abortion procedures, Katherine Webb, Zip Code, Rod Stewart, Pat Benatar, Inaugural Ball, Kelly LeBrock, Religion, Baseball Hall of Fame, Academy Awards, and much more…


According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 “19.9 million children, or people under 18, received food stamp benefits.”

We are fortunate to live in a country where we can help those in need…


That’s how many backorders of 30-round magazines there are for the AR-15 according to this story.

I wonder how many backorders there are for underground bunkers…


That’s how many people flew out of the Missoula (MT) airport in 2012 according to the Missoulian newspaper.

“Give me a ticket for an aeroplane…Ain’t got time to take a fast train…”


According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “In the week ending January 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 371,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 367,000.”


According to 2011-2012 Annual Report from Planned Parenthood, they performed 333,964 “abortion procedures” in 2011 which is 3% of their total services provided.


Katherine Webb, the 2012 Miss Alabama and girlfriend of University of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron has 252,437 followers on Twitter (as of this morning) after she was shown on ESPN during the National Championship game. Before the game she had a few thousand followers.

Ms. Webb is attractive…


A Massachusetts couple picked January 9, 2013, as their wedding date because 01913 is also their hometown’s zip code.



Singer Rod Stewart is 68 today. It’s time for you to enjoy the classic “Maggie May!” Click HERE.

Hasn’t everyone met a “Maggie May” at least once in their lifetime…


That’s the percentage of Americans who support the death penalty as punishment for murder according to a recent poll from Gallup.

I agree with the 63%…


Rocker Pat Benatar is 60 today. Take a break and enjoy “Hit me with your best shot!” Click HERE.


“Weird Science” actress Kelly LeBrock is 52 and showed up the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas recently…


According to Gallup, “An average of 47% of Americans identified as Democrats or said they were independents who leaned Democratic in 2012, compared with 42% who identified as or leaned Republican.”

There are fewer people in the GOP tent these days…


That’s how much it costs for a ticket to Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s 2013 Inaugural Ball.

I will not be dancing in a grass skirt at the ball…


That’s the percentage of people who say they have no religious preference according to a recent poll by Gallup.

I believe in God…


The film “Lincoln” leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations according to the Associated Press.

I can’t wait to see it on DVD…


According to ESPN “For the first time since 1996, no players were elected to the Hall of Fame by baseball writers.”

I think Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Pete Rose should all be in the Hall of Fame…