Thursday Numbers

Welcome to August and thanks for stopping by The Western Word for another 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 spiked with a little sarcasm).

NOTICE: By reading this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. This is your only warning.

This week I write about the Powerball jackpot, unemployment, Sarah Palin, sugar, prostitution in Belgrade, the Eagles, MTV, cold temperatures, blogging in Saudi Arabia, subscribers, stolen dentures, minimum wage, Walmart, Camp 7 detainees, Pro Bowl changes, amusement rides, babies in Utah, and much more!


That’s the Powerball Jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing ($290 million).

Your chances of winning are better if you play…


The National Journal reports “Sarah Palin’s political action committee—simply named Sarah PAC—took in $460,537.83 so far this year.” But, National Journal also reports, “Sarah PAC spent $496,505.68” which was “$35,967.85 more than the PAC was able to raise.”

Have no fear; Sarah PAC has $1,113,971.25 on hand. Nobody will go hungry…


That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week, which was a decrease of 19,000 from the week before, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.


According to this story, “Federal regulators have proposed $193,300 in fines for a Billings sugar plant after inspectors discovered 17 health and safety violations.”

That’s not very sweet…


That’s the bail for each of the three women who are charged with promoting prostitution at Belgrade [MT] massage parlors.

They are 51, 52, and 70 years old…


On January 15, 2014, the Eagles will reopen the Forum in Los Angeles and perform for three nights.

Eagles = Bucket list…


On this date (August 1) in 1981, MTV was launched. The first music video shown was “Video Killed the Radio Star”

The ninth music video played that day was “Take It on the Run” by my favorite rock band, REO Speedwagon!


There were 1,122 record cold temperatures in the USA in one week. Check them out HERE.


Saudi media reported on Tuesday, “The editor of a Saudi Arabian social website has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for founding an Internet forum that violates Islamic values and propagates liberal thought.”

I love the USA…


There are 97 subscribers to The Western Word – you should be one! Click on the “Follow” button on the lower right side of the screen or scroll down on the right side of the screen and enter your e-mail in the “Subscribe” box.

It’s free!


According to this report, “A 92-old woman eating a biscuit outside a nursing home in Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, had her dentures swiped by a seagull.”


According to a recent poll from Rasmussen Reports, 61% favor raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

I imagine a lot of folks in favor of raising the minimum wage are not making $10.10 per hour…


According to a recent poll from Public Policy Polling, 58% of Alaskans have an unfavorable opinion of Sarah Palin.

The “15 minutes of fame” is about over?


The Washington, D.C., publication “The Hill” is out with their annual 50 Most Beautiful list for 2013.

The interesting thing is that some people on the list are actually beautiful…


ESPN is reporting, “The NFL is overhauling the Pro Bowl, eliminating the AFC-NFC format in favor of captains picking 43 players per team regardless of conference.”



Click HERE to read 16 interesting facts about Walmart, like “last year Walmart sold more bananas than any other item.”

I like bananas…


Reuters is reporting that the favorite reading material for Camp 7 detainees at Guantanamo detention camp in Cuba is The “Fifty Shades of Grey” series of erotic novels. This is according to Representative Jim Moran of Virginia who recently toured the facility.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!


The Great Falls Tribune is reporting, “Montana is one of six states that have no state regulations regarding amusement rides. The others are Alabama, Mississippi, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.”

Hello state legislature…


Three sisters in Utah had babies in July – all were boys.