Thursday Numbers

Here we go – we made it to Thursday – congratulations!

In case you are a first-time visitor, “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 upcoming movies, lingerie recall, Cuba, a Dick Cheney cowboy hat, best songs & movies of 2014, unemployment, child abuse, bowl games, executions, The Simpsons, ground beef, Ryan Zinke, and much more!

Continue reading – your free dose of knowledge awaits!


The movie trailer for “Fifty Shades of Grey” had 93 million views which made it the most –watched trailer of 2014. Coming in second was “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” (Source)

Fifty Shades is due to be released February 2015, and The Force Awakens will be released in December 2015.


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


According to Reuters, “A Japanese lingerie maker is recalling more than 20,000 brassieres after complaints that underwires suddenly poked out, sometimes while women were wearing them.”


The Associated Press is reporting that “At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities – many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger.”

This is a very sad story. Part of the story is about a child in Montana and the failure of child protective services.


It was reported Wednesday that the United States is re-establishing diplomatic relations and “easing in economic and travel restrictions with Cuba.” The Associated Press also reported this important piece of news:

Licensed American travelers to Cuba will now be able to return to the U.S. with $400 in Cuban goods, including tobacco and alcohol products worth less than $100 combined. This means the long-standing ban on importing Cuban cigars is over, although there are still limits.


According to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, 82% feel it is more important for Congress and the President to work together to achieve what is best for the country rather than stand on principle.


If you donate $72 to the Republican National Committee, you can get a “limited-edition Vice President Dick Cheney cowboy hat.” (Source)


Courtesy of Rolling Stone magazine, here are the 50 best songs of 2014.


That’s how many college football bowl games there are between December 20 and January 12. (Source)

Yes, I will try to watch them all…


That’s how many death-row inmates were executed in the United States in 2014, which is the lowest number since 1994. (Source)


On December 17, 1989, “The Simpsons” premiered on Fox. (Source)

Happy 25th anniversary!


Courtesy of Rolling Stone magazine, here are the 10 best movies of 2014.


That’s the average price per pound of ground beef in November. That’s up almost 104% from five years ago. (Source)

I’m thinking the Chick-fil-A cows may get their “EAT MOR CHIKIN” wish.


According to a Media Advisory from the office of Rep-Elect Ryan Zinke, when he takes the oath of office on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Zinke will become “the first Navy SEAL to be sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Congrats- we need more veterans in Congress!


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3 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

    • James – I guess it’s probably because January 3, 2015, is a Saturday. Mondays are usually travel days, so Tuesday would be the day for the ceremony. -JmB

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