Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “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 CVS Health, Hot Lotto, Jim Irsay, unemployment, Myanmar’s beauty queen, University of Massachusetts, subway ticket payment, fake cellphone towers, the NFL, debates, Miranda Lambert, Garth Brooks, Wes Welker, School, and much more!

Your free dose of knowledge awaits…


The CEO of the drugstore chain CVS Health said his company would lose about $2 billion annually by pulling tobacco products off their shelves. (Source)


That’s the Hot Lotto/Sizzler jackpot which was last won in October 2013. It is played in about 15 states. (Source)

With it being that long since the last win, it’s neither hot nor a sizzler…


Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been suspended six games and fined $500,000 after pleading guilty to one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. (Source)

Although this was the NFL’s punishment, I hope Montana judges and prosecutors notice…


That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. (Source)


Myanmar’s first international beauty queen has absconded with her $100,000 crown after being stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, organizers said Friday. (Source)


The University of Massachusetts started their new school year off serving “more than 3,000 traditional New England clambake dinners.”

Chefs prepared more than 3,000 lobsters, 6,000 little neck clams, 3,000 steamers, more than 6,000 ears of corn and 1,500 pounds of potatoes for students and staff. Plus, the best part was the $70,000 cost of the clambake was covered entirely by donations and sponsorships. (Source)


A Great Dane consumed 43 1/2 socks. The socks had to be surgically removed. (Source)

I wonder if the owners were blaming the dryer for the missing socks…


According to a Tweet from @LearnSomething, a subway ticket machine in Moscow accepts 30 squats as payment for a ticket. (Source)


Seventeen fake cellphone towers were discovered across the U.S. last week, according to a report in Popular Science. Many were close to military bases. (Source)

Time to head to the bunker…


There are 17 weeks of regular season NFL games – and it all starts tonight! (Source)


Democrat Amanda Curtis has challenged Republican Steve Daines and Libertarian candidate Roger Roots to 14 debates across Montana in the state’s seven major cities and on Montana’s seven Indian reservations. (Source)


Miranda Lambert received nine Country Music Association (CMA) nominations – the most for any female artist in the history of the CMA Awards. (Source)


According to Rolling Stone, it’s been seven years since Garth Brooks has released a new song to country radio, and today the Oklahoman officially came out of musical retirement with a new single, “People Loving People.” (Source)


Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker received a four-game suspension for breaking the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. (Source)

Welker claims he is not guilty…


Today is the first day of school in Great Falls, Montana!


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