It’s Thursday and that means “Thursday Numbers.”
In case you’re new around here, “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 sprinkled with sarcasm. Everyone and everything is fair game.
This week I write about Powerball, yoga pants, Jon Krakauer, Bob Simon, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Saturday Night Live,” Jon Stewart, unemployment, Abraham Lincoln, Veterans Affairs, Brian Williams, and much more!
That was the amount ($564.1 million) of Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, with tickets sold in North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas matching the winning numbers. (Source)
That means the rest of us head back to our regular lives…
Do a Google search of “Yoga Pants and Montana” and you will get about 13,000,000 results.
A big thank you goes to Republican State Representative David Moore, who is primary sponsor of the bill (HB 365), for making Montanans look like fools.
The circus is on full display in Helena…
That is how many copies of Jon Krakauer’s new book, “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town,” will be printed. The book is set to be released April 21. (Source)
I’ve read two of his other books, “Into Thin Air” and “Into the Wild,” and they were pretty good.
That is how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. This is an increase from the week before. (Source)
This is edition #183 of “Thursday Numbers” – the first one was posted in June 2011.
Thanks for reading…
Bob Simon of “60 Minutes” was killed in a car accident last night. He was 73. (Source)
I always enjoyed Simon’s stories. He was one of the good people in the world of news reporting.
The movie, “Fifty Shades of Grey” hits theaters this weekend.
Some people may not like the movie and some will say it’s soft-core porn. Probably one of the more interesting things about “Fifty Shades of Grey” is that many people, including your friends, have probably read the books.
Saturday Night Live celebrates 40 years this Sunday with “The SNL 40th Anniversary Special.” (Source)
I have been a fan since the 70s.
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart will be leaving this year after almost 17 years on the job. (Source)
Stewart has not disclosed his future plans, but I imagine CNN and MSNBC would love to add him to their primetime lineup.
On this date (Feb. 12) in 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in present-day Larue County, Ky.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is temporarily closing its eight-bed acute psychiatric unit at Fort Harrison, Montana, due to a lack of staffing. (Source)
Terrible. Veterans using these services need stability. A decent director would never let this happen. The VA in Montana as well as the whole Rocky Mountain Network (VISN 19) needs to clean house.
NBC suspended “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams for six months “for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq War.” It is without pay. (Source)
I thought Williams should be fired or he should have resigned. I don’t see Williams ever regaining the public’s trust enough to be a news anchor again.
Since Williams seems pretty good at making things up, he might be a good addition to FOX News…