Thursday Numbers

Hang in there friends – just one more day until the weekend! Here’s “Thursday Numbers” to help you make it through the day!

If this is your first time checking out “Thursday Numbers,” 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 – people have been known to gain a vast amount of knowledge by reading this column.

This week I write about supermodels & football players, Labor Day, National Security Agency, unemployment, stray dogs in Detroit, Ichiro, fishing in Wyoming with Liz Cheney, David Cassidy, fires, Jon Tester & Kim Cattrall, Obamacare, “Lethal Injection,” Bradley Manning, best three basketball players, and much more so read on!



That’s how much ($42 million) supermodel Gisele Bündchen earned last year, which was a little more than her husband, Tom Brady, who made $38.3 million.



“AAA is projecting that 34.1 million Americans will travel over this Labor Day weekend, the most since the midst of the recession.” Read the USA Today story HERE.

When I was a child, my dad read that most traffic accidents happened within 25 miles from home, so we moved a lot…


That’s the number of new claims for unemployment filed last week according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That is an increase in claims from the week before.

We just can’t seem to keep this number down…


According to the Associated Press, “The National Security Agency declassified three secret court opinions Wednesday showing how in one of its surveillance programs it scooped up as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans not connected to terrorism annually over three years, revealed the error to the court – which ruled its actions unconstitutional – and then fixed the problem.”

Nice. Maybe they took that Word document I can’t find…


That’s how many stray dogs are roaming the streets and vacant homes of Detroit.

Who let the dogs out?


That’s how many hits Ichiro Suzuki has as a professional baseball player. The total is from his professional days in Japan and the United States. Pete Rose and Ty Cobb are the only other players to reach 4,000.

By the way, Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame.


The Casper Star-Tribune is reporting that Wyoming “Senate candidate Liz Cheney has paid a $220 fine for obtaining a resident fishing license last year despite not qualifying for one at the time, she said in a statement released Wednesday.”

Now for those worms and hooks… 


David Cassidy of Partridge Family fame is 63 years old. He was recently arrested for drunk driving, too.

I bet Mrs. Partridge was disappointed in David…


According to the National Interagency Fire Center, that’s the number of active large fires across the country, which includes seven in Montana.

Please pray for the safety of the firefighters and those near the fires…


Montana’s junior United States Senator, Jon Tester, turned 57 years old on Wednesday.

It was also Kim Cattrall’s (“Sex and the City”) 57th birthday…


A new poll from Gallup found, “Less than two months before the health insurance exchanges open nationwide, more Americans disapprove (49%) than approve (41%) of the Affordable Care Act. An additional 11% have no opinion.”

It would be nice if Republicans and Democrats worked together to make the Act better.


Chinese officials showed 38 photos of what they said was an execution in the United States, but some people are saying the photos “actually come from a hardcore pornographic film called Lethal Injection.”

I wonder how many people will be trying to rent “Lethal Injection” now…


Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified material. Reports say he could be out of prison in seven years.

I wrote a column for Yahoo! News about Manning a few weeks ago; you can read it HERE.


LeBron James said the three best basketball players of all time are Michael Jordan, Julius Erving, and Larry Bird. If he could pick four, he would add Magic Johnson.

Who are your top three?


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