Thursday Numbers

Welcome to my weekly column called “Thursday Numbers!” I’m glad you stopped by!

If you are a new visitor, this is where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes with a little sarcasm).

DISCLAIMER: By reading this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Please consider yourself warned.

This week I write about the highest-earning athletes, Powerball, salaries for university presidents, unemployment, Barry Beach, Montana Department of Justice, anesthesiologists, deer and bus, satisfaction, shampooers, Trevor Runyon, IRS and Obama, BAC, and much more!


That’s the Powerball jackpot ($475 million) for Saturday’s drawing.

Time to dream…


The Associated Press reports “Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the highest-earning athlete in American sports for the second straight year. The boxer is projected to make $90 million in 2013, according to Sports Illustrated’s annual list released Wednesday. Miami Heat star LeBron James is a distant second at $56.5 million.


According to a story in the Missoulian, “University of Montana President Royce Engstrom’s total compensation of $360,505 placed him 153rd among college presidents on the list. Montana State University President Waded Cruzado-Salas ranked 167th, earning $335,173 in total compensation.”

Education is important…


That’s how many people filed first-time claims for unemployment compensation last week according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That was an increase of 32,000 from the week before.

More bad news for the Obama Administration…


According to the Great Falls Tribune, Barry Beach was free from prison for 524 days. He turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday after his request for a new trial was denied by the Montana Supreme Court.


Ironically, the Montana Department of Justice issued a press release of approximately 524 words regarding Barry Beach. It was kind of a spike-the-ball-in-your-face statement about the case which applauded the staffers who worked on it for displaying “steadfast professionalism.” The release also said they “worked hard” and were “diligent.”

In short, the Montana Department of Justice press release can be summed up in just 11 words: Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.


According to a story in Forbes, “In operating rooms across the country, anesthesiologists, the highest-paid workers in the U.S., earn an average of $111.94 an hour, for a mean annual salary of $232,830.”


A 33-second video shows a deer crashing through the windshield of a public bus.


According to a recent Gallup poll, “Twenty-four percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States in May, down from 30% in April and near the 25% average for the first five months of this year.”

Congress is to blame…


According to a story in Forbes, “The lowest-paid workers of all, shampooers, earn $8.94 an hour–or an average annual salary of $18,600 (for full-time workers).”

I shampoo my own hair…


Trevor Runyon went into a grocery store just before it closed and hid from employees. After the lights went out, he “drank some beer, smoked cigarettes, cooked and ate six steaks, some shrimp and a birthday cake.” Then he went to sleep.

All he really lacked was a TV to watch some sports…


The President spoke for three minutes and thirty-eight seconds on Tuesday about the Internal Revenue Service. One of the major issues detailed was when the President said he “directed Secretary (of the Treasury Jack) Lew to follow up on the IG audit to see how this happened and who is responsible, and to make sure that we understand all the facts.” He then said, “Today, Secretary Lew took the first step by requesting and accepting the resignation of the acting commissioner of the IRS.”

Barack Obama will probably be audited…


The National Transportation Safety Board would like to see the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) lowered from .08 to .05 for drunken driving. They contend this would save lives.

I am in favor of this.


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