Thanks for stopping by The Western Word to read this special Independence Day edition of “Thursday Numbers!”
If you are a new visitor, this column is where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm).
NOTE: By reading this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Consider this your warning.
This week I write about fireworks, the Statue of Liberty, our population past and present, unemployment, Freedom of Information Act, the Declaration of Independence, grilling, eating hot dogs, Jefferson and Adams, Liberty, Patriot, our Flag, Funniest 4th of July E-cards, beer consumption, a pot-bellied pig, and much more so read on!
That is the estimated population (316.2 million) in the USA for today, July 4, 2013. (Source)
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, that’s the value ($218.2 million) of fireworks imported from China in 2012, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($227.3 million).
The Statue of Liberty will re-open today after being closed due to damage from superstorm Sandy. According to the Associated Press, “The damage to Liberty Island and neighboring Ellis Island cost an estimated $59 million.”
Lady Liberty is looking good…
That’s the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags (as of 2012). The vast majority of this amount ($3.6 million) was for U.S. flags made in China. (Source)
I am flying my flag today!
That was the estimated population (2.5 million) of the USA in 1776. (Source)
That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That is a slight decrease.
On this date in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act into law.
Starting with the words, “IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776,” and ending with “and our sacred Honor” there are 1,337 words in the Declaration of Independence.
2013 will be America’s 237th Independence Day!
About 90% of grill owners will use their grills on July 4. (Source)
According to a new Gallup poll, “Most U.S. residents, 85%, continue to say they are proud to be an American. However, fewer than three in 10 believe the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be pleased with the way the U.S. has turned out.”
Joey Chestnut holds the world record for eating 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes during Nathan’s hotdog eating contest. He set that record in 2012. (Source)
Note: This morning (July 4) Chestnut beat his record by eating 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes. (Source)
Fifty-nine places in the USA contain the word “liberty” in the name. Pennsylvania, with 11, has more of these places than any other state. Of the 59 places nationwide containing “liberty” in the name, four are counties: Liberty County, Ga. (65,471), Liberty County, Fla. (8,276), Liberty County, Mont. (2,392) and Liberty County, Texas (76,571). (Source)
There were 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the vote to approve the Declaration of Independence. (Source)
Since 2011, men and women have competed separately in the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest. Last year, Sonya Thomas won the women’s contest by eating 45 hot dogs in 10 minutes. (Source)
Note: Sonya Thomas won once again this morning (July 4) eating 37 hot dogs in 10 minutes. (Source)
Please pause during this holiday to pray for the families of the 19 firefighters who died in Arizona Sunday.
They gave their lives protecting us. Rest in Peace…
Back in 1958, Robert G. Heft, a 17-year-old student at Lancaster (Ohio) High, created the design for the 50-star flag we use today. It was for a class project. He received a B- on his project. It was later changed to an “A” after his design was accepted by Congress. (Source)
There are 15 Major League Baseball games scheduled today.
Courtesy of one of my favorite blogs, Pajamas & Coffee, here are the “10 Funniest 4th of July E-cards.”
My favorite is “Just a reminder that fireworks look even more amazing when you’re not constantly checking your iPhone.”
The five states that consumed the most beer per capita in 2012 are North Dakota, New Hampshire, Montana, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. (Source)
Be careful out there today – use a designated driver!
Did you hear the story about two animals, “a small dog and a half-naked pot-bellied pig,” that were found inside a hot car in Seattle? True story – the owner was located and the animals are OK. The case was turned over the Animal Control.
In case you were wondering, the “half-naked pot-bellied pig” was wearing sweatpants…
One place in the USA has “patriot” in its name. Patriot, Ind., has an estimated population of 209. (Source)
Have a safe and happy Independence Day!