Thursday Numbers

Welcome to another pretty exciting edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

“Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about Scrabble, unemployment, bison, a bridge, golf, this column, congress, Kansas City Royals, Sen. Jon Tester, Magic Johnson, Cindy Brady, Sen. John Walsh, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Ice Bucket Challenge, veterans, rain, drunk driving, best paying jobs, NFL pre-season games, living in Walmart, Gen. Viet Luong, and much more!

Your free dose of knowledge awaits…

311,000

That’s the new claims for unemployment filed last week. (Source)

10,000

“The 25th National Scrabble Championships began Sunday with 525 players from 11 countries competing for the $10,000 top prize.” (Source)

I am not a Scrabble guy – I am more Monopoly…

4,900

That’s the estimate of how many bison there are in Yellowstone National Park. (Source)

1,100

The 1,100-foot-long Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon is for sale. “Potential buyers will be asked to prove that they have somewhere to keep the bridge, funds to move it…” (Source)

Sounds like something the City of Great Falls (MT) would buy…

186

That’s how many rounds of golf President Barack Obama has played since he has been in office according to a story in Yahoo News. (Source)

In case you are counting at home, I played zero holes in the time frame.

160

This is the 160th “Thursday Numbers” column. The first edition of the column was posted June 9, 2011. It’s been posted almost every week since, and it’s one of the most-read columns here at The Western Word.

Please, no gifts…

83

According to Gallup Polling, 83% of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing and only 13% approve. (Source)

I’m yawning here...

65

The Kansas City Royals have 65 wins (65-54 overall) and are in first place in the American League Central. (Source)

Pinch me…

58

According to U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s campaign, Tester will have his 58th birthday next Thursday, so this is a great time “to raise $5,800 to keep our Montana grassroots network going strong.” My e-mail stated, “Contribute $5 or more to help us reach our goal — and don’t forget to add 58 cents to say happy birthday.”

55

Magic Johnson turns 55 today.

Magic is one of the great ones. Magic and Larry Bird put the NBA on the map in the 1980s.

53

Cindy Brady of the Brady Bunch (Susan Olsen) turns 53 today.

I had a crush on Marcia Brady…

42

That is how many U.S. Senators donated to Sen. John Walsh through their leadership PACS which totaled $246,000. (Source)

I wonder if they are hearing the sound of a toilet flushing…

30

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski took the ice bucket challenge to a new level recently when she jumped into 30 degree water in her home state of Alaska. (Source)

When will my two senators and representative take the ice bucket challenge?

20

That’s about how many veterans attended a veterans’ listening session hosted by Sen. Jon Tester in Great Falls on Wednesday. (Source)

That was not a very good turnout.

13

That’s how many inches of rain a Long Island town received in just a few hours Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. (Source)

I need some of that rain for my yard.

11

According to the Associated Press, “A Libby judge who ruled that Montana’s drunken-driving prevention program is unconstitutional has warned Attorney General Tim Fox and 11 others he will penalize them if they contact him again about the program outside of a courtroom.”

Montana is soft on drunk drivers.

10

Here are the 10 best paying jobs of 2014. (Source)

I thought blogging would make the list…

5

There are NFL preseason games being televised for the next five nights (Thursday – Monday). (Source)

2

A teenager lived in a 24-hour Walmart for two days undetected. (Source)

I have had a couple teenagers live in my basement undetected for what seemed like weeks…

1

NBC News reported this week, “In front of a crowd of hundreds, Col. Viet Luong made history last week, becoming the first general born in Vietnam in the history of the U.S. military, during a ceremony last week at Fort Hood.”

Merica!

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