Thursday Numbers

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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 that you spend your time reading blogs they may not be too impressed…

This week I write about Valentine’s Day facts, State of the Union, unemployment, Carol Brady, Saturday mail delivery, most religious and non-religious states, term limits, 14th DUI, MT Highway Patrol, Minimum wage, and much more!


According to Twitter, 1.36 million tweets were sent during the State of the Union address.

I sent several…


According to several sources, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year, worldwide. (Source)


The U.S. Department of Labor reports that new claims for unemployment were 341,000 last week which is a decrease of 27,000 from the week before.


According to Twitter, Members of Congress sent 637 Tweets during the State of the Union address.

At least they were awake…


On average, for Valentine’s Day men shell out $130 each on candy, cards, jewelry, flowers and dates. That’s more than double what women commit to spending. (Source)


Women purchase 85% of all valentines. (Source)


Florence Henderson (AKA Carol Brady) turns 79 today. Happy Birthday!


73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women. (Source)


According to Gallup, “Sixty-three percent of Americans say they favor ending Saturday residential mail delivery as a way for the U.S. Postal Service to address its financial problems.”

Just do it…


Gallup also reported this week “Mississippi remained the most religious state in the union in 2012, with 58% of its residents classified as very religious. At the other end of the spectrum, Vermont remained the least religious state, with 19% of its residents classified as very religious.”

Montana came in at 34%. Heathens…


A judge in Billings, Montana, sentenced a man to 20 years in state prison for his 14th DUI conviction.

The Montana Legislature should change the laws to allow judges to impose stricter sentences, like this one, on all DUI offenders.


In the Montana Legislature, House Bill 277, by Rep. Bill McChesney would allow a legislator to serve a total of 16 years in any 24-year period. According to Lee Newspapers, “At present, a legislator can serve eight years out of every 16 years in the House and then do the same in the Senate, or vice versa.”

Lee Newspapers also reported McChesney saying the current term limits are “a brain drain on that all-important institutional knowledge.”

Breaking News: McChesney believes legislators have brains…


The Montana Highway Patrol added nine new troopers last Friday. Congratulations and thank you.

Let’s be careful out there…


President Barack Obama wants to raise the minimum wage to $9.00 per hour. Speaker of the House John Boehner does not.

Speaker Boehner makes $223,500 per year…


On this date in 1929, seven rivals of gangster Al Capone were gunned down in a Chicago garage and it was called the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.


About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets. (Source)


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