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 turkeys, football coaches, black bears, beer money, unemployment, stoves, healthcare, Joe’s birthday, gay marriage, diabetes, traffic jams, pregnancy, Glacier National Park, Philadelphia 76ers, and a lot more!

242,000,000

That’s the number of turkeys that were forecast to be raised in the United States in 2014. (Source)

7,160,187

That’s the 2014 salary ($7.1 million) of Alabama football coach Nick Saban. (Source)

850,000

That’s the 2014 salary of University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) football coach Bobby Hauck. Hauck is the former coach of the Montana Grizzlies. (Source)

291,000

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

35,752

That’s how many followers Butterball (the turkey folks) has on Twitter (@Butterball) as of this morning.

510

Eva Shockey killed a 510-pound black bear last week. She then posted a photo of her with the bear on Facebook. (Source)

After that, things got nasty…

175

That’s how much money has been raised (as of this morning) through the GoFundMe website “Beer Money for Bin Laden Shooter.” (Source)

“If you could buy the man who killed Usama Bin Laden a beer would you!? Here’s your chance.”

Bottoms up!

98.6

That’s the percentage of U.S. homes in 2013 that had an electric or gas stove. (Source)

Is this a great country or what?

72

Happy birthday to Vice President Joe Biden – he turns 72 years old today!

67

Joe Walsh of The Eagles turns 67 today. Enjoy “Rocky Mountain Way” by clicking HERE

52

A new poll from Gallup found “For the third consecutive year, a majority of Americans (52%) agree with the position that it is not the federal government’s responsibility to ensure that all Americans have healthcare coverage.”

38

That’s the percentage of Americans who now rate healthcare coverage in the U.S. as “excellent” or “good.” (Source)

36

There are 36 days until Christmas.

That means I have 35 days until I start shopping…

34

Montana is the 34th state to permit gay marriage. (Source)

30

A new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, conducted by Del Rio and other Emory University scientists found that “30 percent of Americans who have diabetes don’t realize they have it.” (Source)

11

So you think your commute is bad? Here are “The 11 Worst Traffic Jams in History.

9

Here are “9 of The Grossest Pregnancy Secrets No One Talks About.

7

According to National Journal these are “The 7 Numbers You Need to Make Sense of the 2014 Midterms.

5

It may cost more to visit Glacier National Park next summer – like $5 more for a seven-day vehicle pass. According to a story from the Associated Press, “The park proposes raising its seven-day vehicle entrance fee from $25 to $30 in the summer and from $15 to $20 in the winter. The cost of annual park passes would increase from $35 to $60.”

They are sticking it to the man…

0

The NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers have a record of 0-11 so far this season. (Source)

 

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