Thursday Numbers

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“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 net worth in Congress, unemployment, absentee ballots, Monica Lewinsky, Breaking Bad action figures, Dr. Ben Carson, Pennsylvania & wine, World Series tickets, Joe Buck, death penalty, the fallen video, Daines’ wealth, celebrity sports fans, best horror movies, ground beef, and much more!


That’s how much ($150 million) the combined minimum net worth of Congress jumped in 2013. (Source)

Members of Congress are in a class all by themselves…


That is how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (Source)


According to James Conner over at the Flathead Memo, “Montana mailed 82,500 fewer absentee ballots this year than in 2012.” (Source)


Monica Lewinsky opened a Twitter account (@MonicaLewinsky) this week, and she already has almost 73,000 followers. She has posted three tweets.

By the way, I can always use more followers on Twitter – @TheWesternWord.


That’s how many signatures the petition to have Toys “R” Us remove “Breaking Bad” action figures from their shelves received. The action figures have been removed. (Source)

This is silly, but at least now the action figures are collectables…


Dr. Ben Carson is heading to Billings next week to campaign for U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines. The VIP Roundtable will cost you $5,000, or you can just attend the rally for $50 per person/$75 per couple. There’s a photo opportunity for “$500 per click,” so you had better smile and don’t blink!  (Source)

Dr. Carson and I have at least one thing in common – we won’t be the President of the United States.


Pennsylvania officials may end up destroying 2,447 bottles of wine, unless some hospital in the state fills out an application to obtain it. Yes, a hospital. (Source)

I’m thinking the wine would go to good use with all the holiday parties coming up – plus they can give a bottle to patients.


That was the average ticket price ($1,109) for game one of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals. (Source)

I bet a cup of beer was almost like buying an ounce of gold…


There should be a medal or something to those who listen to Joe Buck. Buck, for some reason, is the lead announcer on Fox Sports for baseball and football games. One tweet during game one of the World Series was retweeted 523 times. It was from @TheFakeESPN and this is the tweet: “NFL fans hoping World Series lasts about 10 weeks so Joe Buck stays occupied with baseball.”

That was one of the nicer ones. My other favorite Tweet is the photo of the Dos Equis beer guy with the words, “I don’t always drink this much during a game. But when I do it’s because I have to listen to Joe Buck.”


Gallup reports that in the USA 63% favor the death penalty for convicted murderers. (Source)


Take 44 seconds and watch the “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” video (you’ll probably end up watching it a few times). This is not an advertisement for life alert…

If you want sound and music with it, CLICK HERE.


Montana Congressman Steve Daines is the 40th richest member of Congress with a net worth of $9.19 million. (Source)

Yep, he’s one of us…


Courtesy of The Sporting News, here are the “23 most die-hard celebrity sports fans


According to a Rolling Stone readers’ poll, here are the 10 best horror movies of all time.


On Tuesday South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius started serving a five-year prison sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (Source)


That’s Montana’s unemployment rate (4.6%) for September. (Source)


That’s the average price for a pound of ground beef – a record high. (Source)


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1 thought on “Thursday Numbers

  1. I smiled when you wrote that “Dr. Carson and I have at least one thing in common – we won’t be the President of the United States.”

    I’d say you are probably no more than 50% correct.

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