Thursday Numbers

Congrats! We just about have old January beat once again. Hold on for one more day!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the column 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).

This week I write about the State of the Union, Steve Daines, Ravalli County, Adolf Hitler, Dick Cheney, Mötley Crüe, Malmstrom AFB, Max Baucus, unemployment, Super Bowl records, Jerry Rice, Don Shula, Charles Haley, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Troy Aikman, Jim Kelly, and much more!


That’s how many people watched the State of Union address Tuesday night.


According to the Associated Press, “U.S. Rep. Steve Daines’ campaign reports the Republican raised more than $1 million in the final three months of 2013.”

In related news, I raised a lot less than that from ads on my blog during the same time…


According to a story by the Associated Press, “Ravalli County employees working to reconcile the books in the treasurer’s office told commissioners they found more than $800,000 in checks that hadn’t been deposited.”

This is an interesting story. I can volunteer to help them look for missing funds if I can keep some of what I find.

By the way, the county commissioners appointed the new treasurer back in September.


That is how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That’s an increase of 19,000 from the week before.


That’s how many words were in the President’s State of the Union speech. (Source)


On this date in 1933, Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany.


That’s the total number of times the President’s State of the Union speech was interrupted by applause.  (Source)


Former Vice President Dick Cheney turns 73 today.


The heavy metal rock band Mötley Crüe will play 72 farewell concerts across the world and then retire.

My favorite song is “Home Sweet Home.”


According to the Associated Press (AP), the problems at Malmstrom AFB, Montana, continue: “The number of officers in the nuclear corps who have been implicated in a cheating investigation has more than doubled to at least 70, officials said Tuesday.”

If that number is correct, they will need to bring in some launch officers from other missile bases.

Welcome to Montana – don’t cheat!


According to an unscientific poll in the Great Falls Tribune, 52% think the Senate should confirm Max Baucus to be the ambassador to China, 48% do not.

That’s pretty weak support from his home state…


That’s how many networks carried the State of the Union speech.


Jerry Rice (49ers and Oakland) scored eight touchdowns in four Super Bowl games – the most by any player. (Source)


Don Shula has coached six teams in Super Bowls – the most of any coach. (Source)


That’s the unemployment rate in Montana (for those who are counted).


He’s a winner! Charles Haley (49ers and Dallas) played on five Super Bowl winning teams during his career – the most of any player. (Source)


Joe Montana (49ers) and Terry Bradshaw (Steelers) were undefeated as quarterbacks in the Super Bowl. Both won four games. (Source)


Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Knoll won all four Super Bowl games that he was the head coach. (Source)


Troy Aikman won all three Super Bowls he played in with the Dallas Cowboys. (Source)


Jim Kelly of the Buffalo Bills lost all four Super Bowls in which he played. (Source)


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